Jolene and her brother, Adam, live in a crummy Chicago suburb. She’s almost 18, and he’s 15 when the book opens. Life at their house is a thick slice of hell. After their mother abandoned the family, Steve Parks evolved into a child-abusing monster. It didn’t happen overnight. It began with a too-long time grounding, a backhand and somewhere along the way, he gave himself permission to also starve his kids and lock them in their rooms for days. A bottle of booze must have eased his conscience and erased his self-control.
As desperately as the kids want to run away from their father’s abuse, Adam can’t handle it. He’s a heroin baby with the emotional IQ of a nine year-old. Jolene cuts herself to help cope with the physical and emotional pain they endure. That’s where the title comes from.
Their situation escalates into murder. Who did it might be surprising.
Tough decisions must be made for Adam, who needs Jolene as much as she needs him. The only thing they can give each other now is love. With the keys to her future in her hand, Jolene has a choice. Will she let her life ferment in secrets and anger or can she take a new path?
Deep Enough to Bleed is a story many of us can identify with. Jolene wants to conquer the darkness she came from. You’ll cheer her on as she moves forward looking for acceptance, success and yes, even love.
Orphaned on the brink of adulthood, Jolene must make decisions for herself and her younger, disabled brother, Adam. Decisions as painful as the blows they suffered at their father’s hands. Cutting herself is the only thing making Jolene feel something besides misery and worthlessness.
Jolene has never dated, yet quickly recognizes Brendan is a great guy. She wants a serious and intimate relationship, but is scared to trust him with the truth. Will he think she’s a freak if he learns of her secret compulsion? Will hearing about the horrible events from her past make him run?
Watch for this must-read book, March 28 from Tirgearr Publishing.
Until the next time,
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