This was sad and horrible and I am glad the child managed to become a stable adult but the writing style really prevented me from becoming involved with the child's nightmare. It read as if the author made a list of every horrible thing his mother ever did to him and wrote them down one by one. There was usually no lead in to the punishments. He just went right into them with no rhyme or reason. It was painful to read but also tedious. I don't think I'll search out the other books in the series unless I hear that the writing has improved.