Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Carrie suffered from a recurring nightmare. It began when she was a child and tormented her off and on for many years. She feared her father. Her mother tried to control her every step, but shelacked motherly love for her. As a young woman, Carrie worked through her nightmare and discovered that she had been sexually abused as a very child.
Escape From Oblivion is not an easy book to read. Carrie, the lead character, is the narrator. From the first page, my heart ached for Carrie. It is obvious throughout the book that her parents know the “secret.” The prevailing attitude seemed to be, “pretend it didn’t happen and it will go away.” I found myself wanting an explanation. Why did this person do this to this child? I still do not understand. Perhaps that is the purpose of this book. Perhaps Toby Smith wants readers to know that there is no rhyme or reason. There is no logic. There are no answers. How can anyone harm a child?
Escape From Oblivion definitely aroused my emotions. The beginning of the book caught my attention; the ending of the book was excellent even though it left me with questions. Unfortunately, the middle of the book did not flow smoothly. There were a few rough spots. The cover of this book is beautifully done but does not depict what is inside. However, that did not detract from the strong message of this book. “What matters in life is an individual’s response to reality…” “We can choose to survive by choosing to heal the wounded soul, and being willing to face demons powerful enough to destroy.”