Welcome to my stop on Mark Tilbury’s A Prayer For The Broken blog tour! I am over the moon to be sharing my review with you all today, and on Publication Day too!
A Prayer For The Broken
(Review written on 22nd September 2020)
A Prayer For The Broken is another outstanding book by Mark Tilbury. I have read everything he has released, and I haven’t been disappointed once. The word enjoyed doesn’t feel quite right when describing this book, or any Mark Tilbury book, but his writing always draws me in instantly. The array of emotions he evokes with such dark and delicate subject matters is proof of his natural storytelling ability. I find myself completely absorbed in his stories, every single time. He is one of my most favourite authors and I recommend his books often. A Prayer For The Broken is another book I will be recommending, A LOT!
Many thanks to Mark Tilbury for my advance review copy. It is always an honour to be able to read your books ahead of publication.
A Prayer For The Broken may not be for everyone as it’s extremely harrowing and quite difficult to read at times. It deals with child abuse, both psychological and physical, which is naturally very upsetting. What makes it more disturbing is knowing that abuse such as this happens in real life, more often than we probably realise. I know some people won’t even entertain reading books like this one, but honestly, I can’t stress enough how Mark Tilbury manages to make this story so readable despite the subject matter. It is even comical at times, which seems an odd thing to say but it is. The characters are just amazing. They’re so real, and believable, and their stories kept me glued to the pages.
Eleven-year-old John finds himself in foster care following the horrific murder of his mother. He was the one to find her and I can’t even imagine how that must feel for anyone, let alone a child. He feels safe with his foster parents, but a permanent home is found for him with a religious couple who, on the surface, seem to be able to offer him safety and stability. Nothing could be further from the truth and the ordeal he faces, along with his blood brother, Brendan, at the hands of this twisted family are nothing short of horrific!
The fact that this abuser uses religion as his justification for ‘correcting’ these children makes me sick. It’s people like him who give Christianity a bad name. He’s no Christian. No genuine Christian would use this kind of violence against anyone, least of all a child. He made me so angry!
John is such a sweetheart. I just wanted to rescue him and bring him home to safety. I loved the relationship he shared with Brendan and my heart broke for him. He deals with his ordeal far better than I think I would, bless him. It’s not surprising that he feels all hope is lost though. Who is going to believe that this family are capable to such atrocities, even if he had the chance to tell anyone?
I was holding my breath in panic towards the end. There is a glimmer of hope though, and it just goes to show how one person can truly change your life. My emotions were all over the place. This book made my heart ache with sadness, it made me SO cross, but it also made me smile. I absolutely LOVED the ending. It gave me goosebumps! I love the supernatural twist to the story. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
About the author….
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria,
although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the
plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels published by Bloodhound Books. Now self-publishing, Mark has published The Last One To See Her and his most recent book, A Prayer For The Broken.
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.
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