Book Review: A Road Out Of Hell

I won an advance reading copy of this book from YA book central (clicky) and I just finished reading it the other day. It’s the true story of a series of murders that must be famous in America but which I’d never heard of until I entered the competition for the book.

I quite enjoyed this book. The writing is not always of the highest quality, and the story is very grim-a boy is taken by his demented uncle from Canada down to America and gruesomely beaten, eventually even forced to help his uncle commit murder-but it pulls you right along. You fall into the story and you stay there.

If you have an easily churned stomach, don’t read this book. If you have suffered from serious physical, mental, or sexual abuse, this book could potentially be a trigger. That said it is a good book.

It shows just how twisted humans really can be. If it wasn’t a true story, it would be unbelievable.

The story is written by Anthony Flacco from the perspective (in third person) of Sanford Clark, a boy of thirteen when his Uncle Stewart takes him down to the states. It’s an incredibly powerful story. Flacco wrote it with the help of a few relatives and family friends, including Sanford’s adopted son Jerry Clark, who wrote the introduction and the epilogue. The fact that the son played a part in having this book written makes it even more powerful.

This is a heartbreaking story and one that needs to be read and remembered. We can only hope that no such evils come into the world again, nothing that is as cruel as Uncle Stewart.

You can buy the book here(clicky).


About Dianna Gunn

I am a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. My first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is available now through The Book Smugglers Publishing.

Posted on January 5, 2011, in Book Reviews, Reading Related. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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