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Friday, killing secrets…

A Black Cat Book Review

Iron House by John Hart

Once an Insane Asylum, Iron House later became a poorly funded, badly managed hell-hole of an orphanage.  A place where bullies ruled and the weak were broken.  A place where two brothers survived because their love for each other was stronger than anything or anyone at Iron House.  A love that tragedy, separation, time, and fate could not defeat.

One brother, Julian, was adopted by a Senator and his wife.  He lives a life of privilege, loved and cared for by a devoted mother.  The other brother, Michael, ran away from Iron House and lived a life of street gangs until a crime boss noticed him and took him into the family.  Each brother found a way to cope with the loss of the other.  One slipping away into madness the other charging into the madness of organized crime and violence.

Abigail, Julian’s adoptive mother, has terrible secrets to keep. Michael and Julian have a devastating secret to keep.  Elena, Michael’s lover, is an innocent and doesn’t know much about secrets at least not the terrible kind.  Soon they will all learn each others secrets.

These four people; three damaged by the ugliness that can happen in life and one about to learn just how ugly life can be, are going to be thrown into unbelievable violence and cruelty where the strong destroy the weak.  The question is; what is strength and what is weakness?

This is a book of evil acts committed by irredeemable people and of the incredible beauty of love that cannot be denied or destroyed.  It is a story of love, the love of siblings, parents, lovers.  But be warned this is not an easy book to read.  There is great pain that you will feel and want to forget.

8 thoughts on “Friday, killing secrets…

  1. This one sounds like one to stir our souls and minds. Those are always good even if not easy to read! Thanks Patricia!

  2. badly managed hell-hole of an orphanage. A place where bullies ruled and the weak were broken

    We have many of these in Florida. They are called assisted living facilities for the elderly. There have been investigations and shut downs at state and county level but the industry has a strong lobby to keep even the worst places going. One problem is that low wages attract only low class and unqualified workers.

    1. I hear you Carl. When my father was in a nursing home it was awful! He was dying and the hospital would not let him stay–weird, I know–so he went to the nursing home. If I had known then what I know now I would have brought him here for the last 8 days of his life.

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