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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
If you’ve read the first two books in this series by Luke. G. Dahl, you will remember the pedophile Bat Erdene, a wealthy child and drug trafficker whom you met, and most likely loathed in Daddy’s Curse 2. Well, now, in the final book of the series, Daddy’s Curse 3, you will learn how and why Bat Erdene became the monster he was. Will you come away liking him more? Probably not. But you will have a better understanding of how much a father’s authority and actions affect a young boy’s future thinking and behaviour.
Born into wealth and social status, Erdene was an arrogant, but highly intelligent youngster with a strong sense of entitlement, who loved his mother and revered but feared his father. Bat’s father angered easily and was so horribly abusive to his wife that he ended up strangling her during one of his many rages. Bat, in turn, killed his father. As he grew into adulthood, he was fueled by his father’s mantra that if he wanted to succeed in life, he had to make people submit to and obey his will, and severely punish those who disobeyed. As much as he didn’t want to be like his father, Bat Erdene became a monster.
Those who have read the first two books will recognize some of the people whom we meet again in Daddy’s Curse 3. It’s not necessary to have read those books, but curious readers will be tempted to find out what they’ve missed by not reading them. Do it. Grab copies of both books. While the content is disturbing, often stomach-turning, the style of writing is simple and easy to read. All three books are short, but provocative and unforgettable. Book club members unafraid of discussing the ugly realities faced by too many victims of sexual and other abuse, along with man’s never-ending inhumanity to others, will find plenty of material in this series by Luke. G. Dahl. Highly recommended.