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A Child is Torn: Innocence Lost (Whitley & Keal #1)

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When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of e
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Paperback, 205 pages
Published July 11th 2012 by Brighton Publishing LLC
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Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
I was super duper excited to read this book after devouring the synopsis. A 10 year old boy confesses to killing both his parents, this tiny little cutie pie? No? Really? Surely not? Bring it on!

I loved the start of the book, it was really well executed, the discovery of the gruesome murders and the journey of taking little Brad into care, let me share some outline:

When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovere
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Dawn Whidden
Jul 07, 2016 Dawn Whidden rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my own work.... I hope you come across my book and take a chance on it. AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE have free samples.. GO AHEAD and take a chance on me.
Sue
Sep 01, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I won a copy of "Stolen" by Dawn Kopman Whidden, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. As I normally like to read the books in sequence, to get more complete background character information, I went to check on her previous first two books...and decided I had to read them all. This is the review of her first novel, " A Child is Torn: Innocence Lost". My first overall impression is What a Creepy cover Picture!

This novel captured my attention right from the beginning. But classifying it under a
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Sean Peters
When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario--and he's covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he's seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad's not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bed
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Sue1958
Its been a while since I've read such a gripping story as this. I read a lot of books as a reviewer and when this one was suggested by on online friend of mine who reads a lot of thrillers I was kind of reluctant due to the book cover. Then I read the blurb. It intrigued me and the author gave me this to read an review.

I was only 1/4 of the way through when I recognised that this author has real talent. She has also written about a subject matter that kept my attention throughout.

Its not just ab
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Trish at Between My Lines
Jan 28, 2013 Trish at Between My Lines rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews-done
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I ended up reading it really quickly as I just wanted to know what was happening and found myself unable to put it down. The story is based around a 10 year old boy – Brad - who is found by police, covered in blood, playing his playstation with both his parents brutally murdered upstairs.

The really strong part of the book for me was the surrounding cast of characters from the psychiatrist to the different police officers, we get to know them all and their point
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Mallory Heart Recommends
Nov 27, 2012 Mallory Heart Recommends rated it it was amazing
Review shortly-wow, what a book!

Review of A Child is Torn: Innocence Lost
5 Stars

I don’t very often use this phrase, but here it applies: this novel totally “blew me away.” I could not but read this in the space of a few hours, as I was not about to put the book aside unfinished. That ending! The author does give a clue or two, but believe me, the denouement is not telegraphed and so comes as an unexpected revelation, to the characters as well as to the reader. Yet-logically it all works out, and
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Sophie Bristow Harris
Oct 16, 2013 Sophie Bristow Harris rated it it was amazing
A Child is Torn ~ Innocence Lost had me gripped.

As soon as I saw the cover of "A Child Is Torn ~ Innocence Lost" I wanted to read it. The boy pictured on the front had an eerie yet innocent look about him.

I found the concept of this debut psychological Thriller an interesting idea that I had not come across before. It made me want to read more about nature vs nurture which I know very little about.

I have an almost 10 year old myself so to think this could actually happen was a very scary thought
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Mike
Dec 13, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
A good story that captured my attention. One of those books that is not easily classified into genre. Not so much a "Whodunit" as a "Whydunit"... Why would such a sweet little boy do the awful things that he seems to have done? No one can quite get a handle on it.

While not a murder mystery in the classic sense there are aspects of mystery to it, as well as suspense, an occasional literary flourish, and some romance (a genre I'm not a big fan of but in this case it fit well in the overall story
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Apr 18, 2014 Philomena Callan Cheekypee rated it it was amazing
As a mum of a ten year old son I was totally intrigued to read this story. Dawn certainly didn't disappoint me. This is one of them books where you just want to sit and read it all in one sitting. Unfortunately sometimes life doesn't allow this. So at every opportunity I was sneaking a few more pages of this gripping read.

The author did a great job with this book. The words just flowed together so well to make a great story. My heart went out to Brad. I can't say much more as I don't want to gi
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Jimmie Eichman
Jan 14, 2016 Jimmie Eichman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bomc
I read this book as part of a Goodreads book of the month club. I was drawn to this book months earlier based on the book cover. So I was trilled this book was chosen as the book to discuss. This was an outstanding book. I find the basis of a books success for me is will it open up my thoughts and give me something this thing about the subject. A Child Is Torn more than lived up to this baseline. I have been drawn to the Nature vs. Nurture debate for a long time. This book helped me to sink into ...more
Karen B.
Jan 01, 2016 Karen B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
This was an intriguing read that kept me going and I finished it quickly. How and why did 10 year old Brad bludgeon his parents to death? When police arrive at the Madison house they find Brad covered in blood calmly playing a video game. He admits that he hurt his parents. A caring psychiatrist is hoping she can help Brad by figuring out what is going on. Brad knows there is something wrong with him and he begs the doctor to help him.The book does require a little willing suspension of disbelie ...more
Chloe
Jan 10, 2016 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me up late in the night . I couldn't stop reading it and was very intrigued by the subject nature vs nurture . The author put a great slant on it and left me wanting more . I just loved the character Brad and the relationship between him and Gabe . I cannot wait to read the next book in the series
Donna
Nov 22, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very good read. And very thought provoking. It's the story of a little boy named Brad. Brad is found in front of a tv, playing a video game, covered in blood. When the police find him he won't speak a word. In the bedroom his parents are dead. For how long no one is sure. He is immediately taken to the hospital. Did he kill his parents? Did someone else kill them? Is he hurt? These are all the questions that Dr. Hope must get answers to once at the hospital. We meet Detectives Mo ...more
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I was offered the book in exchange for a review.

Well, where do I start. When I started this book, I had visions of PD James meets Ruth Rendell with a bit of James Patterson thrown in lol. Well I still thought that way til I was about 90% of the book read and BAM, there it was all to do with DNA.

When you start reading the book, it looks like any other normal thriller. You think you know what is going to happen and then it changes. I actually thought the Uncle had done it, but as I got further in
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Barbara
Mar 17, 2013 Barbara rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013
This book starts off fairly quickly and keeps the pace to the end, but the bones of the book are a little wanting.
The plot is basically nature vs nurture.
What causes people to do horrible things.
There were many spelling & grammatical errors, which I do find annoying if I find more than a couple.
The plot needed to be beefed up a bit and the relationship lines could have been toned down....seriously three couples become newly involved in this novel, two of which fall in love in a very short pe
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Atty Eve
Dec 28, 2013 Atty Eve rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters were well developed, realistic and liked - most of them. This precious child that normally you should not like because of what he's done, was adorable to me. I wanted to hold him and tell him everything will be okay. It was well written with a slight twist in the end. I finished the book late last night and am still worried about the boy - that's a sign of a great book.
Jean Whitley
Aug 06, 2012 Jean Whitley rated it it was amazing
A fun fast paced mystery written by a good friend of mine. You will find yourself lost in the characters.
a great read.
Ed Ginsberg
Sep 13, 2012 Ed Ginsberg rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the read. An excellent first effort for Dawn Kopman Whidden. Book two should be coming soon.
Betsy Hetzel
Feb 05, 2016 Betsy Hetzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that Dawn Kopman Whidden is an excellent storyteller. I love the way she draws her readers into her story of this ten-year old boy who has brutally killed his mother and father by bashing in their heads with a baseball bat. And even though his crime was heinous, she makes us feel for this little boy who knows that he did something bad, "I hurt them", "Please make me stop", you see his single tear and you feel his pain. The Prologue and Chapter 1 are captivating chapters because of how s ...more
Rossy
Nov 30, 2014 Rossy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book but I didn't like the main issue/plot: a little boy killed his parents. WHY? Nature vs. Nurture is the answer and I wasn't satisfied with this.
Why, then, did I like this book? It is told from three perspectives: Marty, the hot cop, Hope, the child psychiatrist, and Jean, the sensitive detective, and many secondary characters that are lovely as well. These endearing characters and their stories made the story worth 4 stars, I'd love to read more about them, even though the lo
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jv poore
Jun 24, 2014 jv poore rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, mystery
There is only one right way to begin this review, and that is with a huge “Thank You!” shout out to the Psychological Thrillers Group on Goodreads. You guys rock! You refused to let this author fly under my radar for another second and I could not be more grateful.

Always a fan of that which is puzzling, frightening, and quite incomprehensible; A Child is Torn is the perfect tale for me. First, this book is scary. Not the nail-biting, Stephen King/Dean Koontz; how-I-am-ever-going-to-finish-this-
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Cheryl
Apr 04, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Thank you,Dawn, for the PDF version of this book. As you may be able to tell from the extremely short time it took me to read it (2 evenings) it grabbed my interest from the beginning and held on tight. The question of nature vs. nurture was the author's theme. However, although I knew where this was going from about the middle of the book (paternal grandparent issue) I still was somewhat surprised that it wasn't given more importance until almost the end of the book. It felt somewhat rushed to ...more
TN  Nova
Sep 03, 2014 TN Nova rated it it was amazing
When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood. Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedr ...more
Lorraine Carey
Nov 20, 2013 Lorraine Carey rated it it was amazing
A Child is Torn is compelling and gripping story that will have you turning page after page to find out if a bizarre murder mystery is solved. Ten year old Brad Madison is found by police sitting in his living room playing video games as the bodies of his parents are found brutally murdered upstairs. You are hanging on to every lead that the investigators have as you are longing for an answer and praying a small boy could not possibly be responsible for this. The author always has you guessing w ...more
Willa Jemhart
Oct 27, 2013 Willa Jemhart rated it really liked it
I was expecting this to be a crime story, with detectives chasing leads and examining the findings of psychologists. And while there was some of that in the book, I found it mainly to be a book about people and relationships.

There are some great characters in here, and to my surprise (and delight) there's even a love story. (I think romance in a book is never a bad thing) I especially liked the characters of Marty and the captain, and the relationship between the two.

The only thing I wasn't fon
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Janeandjerry
Jan 08, 2016 Janeandjerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Child is Torn: Innocence Lost

This was our book of the month read for the group in Goodreads and can say that I did enjoy reading it but I feel that there could had been more to the story or is there going to be more in another book I don't know. I loved the way the Hope and Marty came together and would really like to see more of them in future books and to see what happens with Brad....
Donna
Mar 24, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
I was given this book to read by my mum who had been raving about it and it takes a lot too get my mum to rave about a book I can tell you.

I found this book to be a fast paced exciting thriller that grabbed me on page one & kept a hold of me right to the end, I just could not put it down. I love how we see it all from the characters point of view, this make for a much more exciting read as we get to know them better & see how their lives cross paths.

I would recommend this book to anyone
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Lorraine Carey
Oct 27, 2014 Lorraine Carey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gut wrenching drama here from author Dawn Kopman Whidden. Great plot and full of surprises.
Gwen Wolfhagen
Apr 06, 2013 Gwen Wolfhagen rated it it was amazing
This book went just too fast. I kept picking it up and then putting it down afraid that I would finish it and it would be over. It was like that delicious meal that you want to eat slowly so you can taste every bite.
The characters are so real that by the end of the book I felt like I was staying goodbye to my family members at the end of a holiday meal. I had started it months ago, but misplaced it and I am so glad that I finally found it again. I picked it up again 2 nights ago and was up all n
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