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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
John D. Moore tells his story in “Life Without Parole: Justice being served or not, being a victim carries its own life sentence". Serving life in a prison no one knows about, Moore suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his father. When a person shares his story he often faces ridicule. I once had someone tell me that people who suffered abuse in childhood should not write books about it as adults. Often the ridicule comes from people who know the family and just can’t believe that people are not always the same once the door is closed. I disagree with them. There comes a time when you must stop sweeping things under the rug and face head on the experiences of the past. Writing a book often brings closure to the author; as the author admits writing is therapeutic.
The author stresses he is not seeking sympathy; instead he hopes to encourage others to tell their stories. He explains how the abuse he suffered as a child affected his behavior as an adult. At one time he was explosive. He would unexpectedly lose his temper. He still struggles to keep his temper in check. This book is told in what seems a confusing chronological order. However, the author had a perfectly good reason for his style. I was particularly touched by the retelling of how he ended his father’s reign of terror. The author points out that it is never really over. “You don’t ever stop being a victim.”