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Heart of Darkness: How I Triumphed Over a Childhood of Abuse

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Lynette Hould tells the shocking story of her life that includes multiple incest, multiple rapes, and being lured into a child-sex ring. Her story is horrifying and desperately sad, and in her own moving words, she speaks of her battle with the past and of those responsible for the evil which ruined it. But her life was pulled back from the brink of oblivion by the patient ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 7th 2008 by John Blake (first published September 28th 2007)
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✟Sabrina Rutter✟
I'm a little confused about this book. It's like it was part memoir part statistic reports. Lynette wrote briefly about her childhood leaving many things out, so it was a bit confusng. From pages 99-209 it's nothing but statistics.
The statistics reports are a bit eye opening. They show how pedophiles can be anyone even people that should be highly trusted. We have all heard of the preachers, and the teachers who abuse their positions, but what about UN relief workers who demand sexual favors in
Maximilian Surjadi
I rarely buy a book, but this one caught my eye in an instant. It gives us a big picture of the dark side of a family life. At some point things just got too depressing in the book and make you pause a bit and say "This is too much". That's because this is not some fictional character that the writter try too make look lively. It's a real event, with a real feelings, and a real mind devastation. Every psychological process in the story is natural and not exaggerated.

I say this is a really intere
Lynette Gould
Have to say it is okay as books go, considering I was the one that co-wrote it. It was at a time where things where difficult for me, but it has passed. I agree that it is sketchy in places and there are lots of stats in there. However, this was something that was added as a form of showing others what happens and with the paedophile rings etc. If I was to go back in time, yes, it would be a lot different, perhaps write the book myself with out having to dictate it and then it being interpreted. ...more
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Lynette Gould had all vestiges of a safe and happy family life torn to shreds of stolen innocence when, at the age of three, she was sexually violated beyond comprehension. The once carefree and happy girl found herself suffering sexual atrocities at the hands of her wicked father, a fiend who used implements on her.

The depraved mind of such a man committing sexual exploitation in this way has no
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“Coming to terms with incest is not easy. Learning to be a survivor, not a victim, gives new meaning to life” 9 likes
“Many deeply hidden memories have come flooding back. The important message here though is that it is possible to heal and survive. Everyone has survived their own kind of emotional or mental trauma. We all have our inner fears and misreplaced feelings of guilt.” 5 likes
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