The Ink Run by Dale Brendan Hyde.

Book description:

OTISS is an abused child, physically & mentally tortured for years in the home by his sadistic parents. His Father STAN plots an elaborate alibi enabling him to set up the boy for the murder of his own Mother.

A trial of sorts, hanging on the basis of a defense of automatism( murder when sleepwalking) sees a detainment to the FABERON institution for the criminal insane.

In this cloudy pond, where the staff are every bit as dangerous & disturbed as the patients.

Young OTISS is placed on a wing funded as a trial by the Government which uses olden day methods from centuries past to cure madness.

Eventually released a decade later as an even more tortured soul, he sets up THE VILLAGE EYE pub as a front to his real nocturnal activities of being a VIGILANTE.

Warning beatings on the scum of the village soon becomes tiresome as he reaches new limits of retribution.

Still traumatized from youth, will he find the courage to finally confront STAN?

You can’t truly escape your blood lines DNA as fatal mistakes see a familiar face from the INSTITUTION reveal that our main protagonist has not been the only one keeping the VIGIL & upping the ANTE.

My thoughts:

I have just finished this novel and it has left me with so much to think about, especially the main character’s relationship with his mother. The whole book is written from teenage boy, Otiss’s, point of view and it’s incredibly immersive. The intentional use of spelling errors and abbreviations added to the narrator’s authenticity. For example – ‘n’ replaces the word and.

I immediately felt for this abused young boy. It is a novel that isn’t easy to read but given that people really have been through this extent of abuse, the story should be told. The extent of abuse written about in the book doesn’t make comfortable reading and it isn’t meant to. I’m sure it’s meant to make the reader feel the protagonist’s pain and anger, and it succeeds totally.

Otiss’s stay at the institution for the criminally insane is a tough read too. We see the boy become a man as he comes of age. We also see a change in him, one that will alter his life and future forever.

The final section of the book hits with a bang. It throws out the question, will this abused boy develop the same cruel streak that his father inflicted on him? Should a person try to overcome their past or should they attack it head on? Were his actions right or wrong? Again, all moral considerations that could be debated for ages.

Miscarriage of justice, Stockholm Syndrome, abuse of power, revenge and abuse are the heavy themes that are explored at length. The author doesn’t hide anything to ease the reader’s pain. It’s a painful and upsetting tale that will sit in your mind long after finishing it.

Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.

About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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