If you have ever known someone who suffered at the hands of another, it is incredibly difficult to understand. Maybe you are the one who was the victim. Your scars will no doubt be carried with you forever. There are no words of wisdom or comfort that can get you through the initial shock and pain; but you can get through it. Studying the stages of grief, it is easy to trace back through time how you may have dealt with it all; but in the moment, it is just shear pain and helplessness.
“Revenge is a sweet seductress that ensnares even the most scrupulous of souls”
That is a quote from my latest novel, The Club. A series of events leads some otherwise normal people to do many abnormal things. When you weave through the story, I hope you find that the characters are more than just bitter and hopeless. My objective was to entertain a broad idea; but I found myself involved in the story more than I meant to be. Having witnessed pain up close, I know what an unpunished crime can do to a family firsthand and tried to preserve some of the emotions that I observed without the story becoming too dark.
My wish is that you enjoy the tale and take it for what it is: a work of fiction. I would never condone any act of retribution; and I hope that through the characters you find how many different types of people react when challenged.
Overcoming and persevering, while both nobel and appealing, are not possible without allowing yourself to mourn. Very few who seek revenge find it to give everlasting relief. True peace will be something that will take time and something else that you may have trouble accepting: forgiveness.