Friday, January 26, 2007

Violation, by Darian North

This book was written in 1999, was 10 hours and 16 minutes long, and was narrated by Ed Sala.

A cautionary tale about chat rooms and the power of clever people to manipulate others in the online world. However, this story fails to get inside your head in a holistic way. It attempts to jumpstart that process periodically by trying to shock you, but it keeps sliding back into the same droning story about people who just aren't real enough.

A woman who was raped and suffered a brain injury 14 years earlier is now raising a son in another part of the country with the son she conceived on the night she was raped. She has been hiding this from her son, who knows his mom is lying to him about his father.

Their landlord is a retired LAPD detective who is idolized by the boy, and he tries to help the woman find her son after the kid runs away with the help of a man the boy met online. However, the woman and the landlord discover this separately, so mom thinks the ex-cop is the culprit. It's a cross country chase, which would have been a better story if the characters were better written. I give it 2 stars.

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