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Daddy Love

Oates, Joyce Carol (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Daddy Love
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Dinah Whitcomb seemingly has everything. A loving and successful husband, and a smart, precocious young son named Robbie. One day, their worlds are shattered when Dinah is attacked and Robbie is taken in a mall parking lot. Dinah, injured, attempts to follow, but is run over by the kidnapper's van, mangling her body nearly beyond repair. The kidnapper, a part-time Preacher named Chester Cash, calls himself Daddy Love, as he has abducted, tortured, and raped several young boys into being his lover and as well as his 'son'. He confines Robbie in a device called an Wooden Maiden, in essence a small coffin, and renamed him 'Gideon'. Daddy Love slowly brainwashes 'Gideon' into believing that he is Daddy Love's real son, and any time the boy resists or rebels it is met with punishment beyond his wildest nightmares. As Dinah recovers from her wounds, her world and her marriage struggle to exist every day. Though it seems hopeless, she keeps a flicker of hope alive that her son is still alive. As Robbie grows older, he becomes more aware of just how monstrous Daddy Love truly is. Though as a small boy he as terrified of what might happen if he disobeyed Daddy Love, Robbie begins to realize that the longer he stays in the home of this demon, the greater chance he'll end up like Daddy Love's other 'sons' who were never heard from again. Somewhere within this tortured young boy lies a spark of rebellion...and soon he sees just what lengths he must go to in order to have any chance at survival.
Authors: Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Title: Daddy Love
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 279 p. ;,22 cm.
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ISBN: 9780802120991
0802120997
Statement of Responsibility: Joyce Carol Oates
Subject Headings: Kidnapping Fiction. Kidnapping victims Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Kidnapping
Kidnapping victims
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I really had to force myself to make it to the end of this book.
It get a bit more bearable in the last chapters. I was ready for a hard read but this was pushing my limit.
Can't even say I'm glad I finished since the ending is rather sudden.

Aug 30, 2013
  • Raun rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I find it hard to take in and then purge myself images of sadism especially inflicted on children. So I stopped reading fairly early on and just turned the pages to the ending, which naturally made no sense. I'm not sure what the value is of such disturbing stories. So if you're easily disturbed, pass on this one.

Aug 04, 2013
  • sigridmac rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am a big fan of Joyce Carol Oates and I think this book addressed an important social issue about abduction and brainwashing. However, I hated the ending. It was abrupt and confusing.

May 02, 2013
  • sablegirl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I'm sorry I couldn't give this book negative stars! In my opinion, it was a very sick and depressing book. I skipped through most of the book to get to the ending which was not what I hoped it would be. I DO NOT recommend this book at all! I was very disappointed.

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