Publication Date: December 20, 2016
When Holly Vogel discovers that her husband has been violating their five-year-old daughter, she takes the child and goes on the run. With no one to turn to, she finds a website known as “The Facility.” Will it be the answer to her prayers or a new beginning to her nightmare?
The author, Brandon Ford, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.
The Facility is a really hard book to read. It takes people reading, especially parents, to a really dark place in considering who we trust too much. Failing to protect our children is the worst fear of a parent. Holly’s world is shattered, when her husband’s betrayal comes to light. The only thing she can do, in her mind, is to get her child to safety, a place that her husband will never find them. But if you can’t trust the person with whom you’d planned to spend a lifetime, who can you trust? Ford convincingly shows a woman who is desperately trying to find safety and cling to some surety when she can’t even trust herself. Through it all, she loves her husband and wants to reunite with him while making sure that their daughter, Jenna, is beyond any sort of danger. The Facility is a terrifying read.
Ford is vague about the nature of the abuse suffered in The Facility. As a reader, I appreciated not witnessing the abuse. When Holly contacts The Facility, they offer a solution for her husband and desperately to reconnect, she snaps up the offer. The solution is what neither of them expected, especially Rhys, Holly’s husband. Ford builds the story so that each suspenseful turn unexpectly contributes to the urgency of resolution. Mercifully, The Facility is short, falling at 122 pages. It’s a difficult subject matter with some questionable choices on behalf of the characters. There is a conviction of doing the right thing in one character that I personally found very hard to reconcile.
Ford is a very talented writer. He’s able to paint a world that’s easy to visualize which, in the case of The Facility, perhaps wasn’t such a good thing. In this short review, I’ve mentioned how difficult a read it was a few times and I cannot overemphasize that fact for the sensitive reader. It is, however, a masterpiece of craftsmanship. It’s a very deliberate work. If child abuse is a hot button topic for you, the abuse is not the focal point of the work. Instead, it’s the reaction to and the aftermath of the event that serves as the central focus.
If you’re looking for a read that will have you p0ndering, pick The Facility up today.
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