Like anyone, I knew that this book was going to leave me with an off feeling It s not a happy story whether you can take it from the title, the sad little girl or the shelf you would find it on in the book store What I did not account for was the ending The story follows a child by the name of Zara who s already subjected to forms of abuse at the begining of the story within a normal household Her parents were forced to wed through an arranged marriage and as a result there was little to no love shown between parents let alone to any of the children they bore Yet, understandably, she thinks it is all normal Her parents however are not the true source of the problem When a man named Hassan is invited to live with the family under a boarding arrangement the abuse begins He is rude and never hesitates to bash them if he feels they have wronged him, yet he is only a guest within the household When he finally goes to far and breaks Zaras arm when he slams her between the lounge and radiator at the age of about 5 6 her parents don t even blink Nothing is really bad however until Hassan convinces her mother to leave her father, live with him in Manchester hours away from London and her family You can t hate her mother for her choices as it is very likely that Hassan has swept her off her feet and this could be the first man she has ever loved With the promises of a new life, where he would lovingly take her in and treat the children as his own this was probably the only way she would have ever left at all The sexual abuse for Zara began with him only making her touch him, sometimes vicer versa Wrong nontheless but mild compared to the physical and emotional abuse he would inflict on her first I won t go into any detail here but she was blackmailed for her participation and then her silence If she didn t do as he asked on all those occaisions then he would make her pay in ways that couldn t be excrutiating then if he had just forced her The ramifications that poor woman would have to carry today, I can only imagine how incapable she would be of many basic tasks on a daily basis descision making being only one There is also a notible mention of Peter Rabbit and Boot the dog Not boot the dog I hope an indication to his fate I only hope that today, years later, they are in a better place It s sickening to think sometimes, that we have created a world like this Who knows Child rape for both boys and girls could have been normal centuries ago, but then again as most of the time it is family members perpertrating the act I think they would still see it as wrong, perhaps with punishments far worse then what we ve created today I fail to see how a man or woman could find a young, non developed, child sexually attractive I also fail to see how a man or woman again could belt a child and not once think how their fragile body would be taking the blows You do here cases everyday where a child was beaten to death accidently , when an adult lost their temper on them In this story alone, Zaras older brother Sami is nearly killed from the blows and then the neglect His long term damage does now unfortunatly include paranoia and skitzophrenia, only controlled with permanent medication I have heard the argument before that these men and women can not help who they are attracted too and that there is no help out there for them They cannot act upon their urges nor can they safely seek proffesional help without being black labelled as a predator This system the world has is perhaps what causes these problems They can t help it and I do agree, even if I don t understand it I guess it s like, everyone has their own fantasies and fetishes most being normal things you would expect 50 Shades of Grey, anyone some unfortunatly though are illegal and do involve people being hurt If there were places these people could go to in confidence even without commiting a crime then maybe the world could be safer, where kids could once again walk down the road to the playground without their parents having to fear for their life In case you don t want to read the rest of the review due to the spoilers, I ll also post my overall opinion here Overall, I do recommend giving this book a read atleast once in your life It does not have the best style of writing by far and at times I was failing to see the relevance of some things in the story as a whole But it is raw, and it is emotional If you don t cry, you ll want to throw it from anger So pick it up and allow yourself the expirience of this poor girls life through mixed cultures and abuse even her true culture wouldn t have tolerated For my bookclub, a place of regular reviews, book discussions and visual media comparrisons Heavy Spoilers The Ending With any abuse story, you hope as you read that the end result involves either the child being taken away and or the perpertrator being locked behind bars, punished for their horrific crimes This not happen In fact, when Zara finally told her mother of the abuse Although one can assume that her mother did in fact have some idea she shrugged it off when the poor child lied about her virginity Hassan was granted his Visa, got his divorce and ordered a child bride in the male to torment until the end of his or her days I can say I feel glad that I do not live in England now, It is a lovely place and I have the better half of two thirds of my family there But frankly I wouldn t feel safe knowing that he is able to walk the streets, a free man This is one of those stories that I do have to remain objective on She was raped, touched and beaten for most of her life This was all she thought was normal and I can understand that, nor do I have any right to criticize her on her reasoning for staying silent I also can not judge her because of her culture and their beliefs As she said for a good part of the story, she herself thought her mother and fathers lack of affections came from how they were raised and their culture I just don t understand why she didn t tell anyone, even after she learned it was wrong I do feel for this girl, her story generally had me cringing and horrified from page to page I had to put the book down for a moment when her brother was beaten to a pulp with a wooden board and nails Then I started shouting at her when she then didn t tell the doctor the truth From the time she was ten ish and she was surrounded by teachers and new adults, let alone her new contact with her indian family I started saying Come on, Tell someone You know it s not normal Look how much your Aunty loves your cousins Love is what is normal But And I can sympthasize like you wouldn t believe She stayed silent to protect her family It made me feel like a horrible person Like I was doing wrong At the conclusion to the book, in her adult years, I truely didn t understand her problems with relationships and then her compulsive need to cheat on a man that treated her right Not being a victim of sexual abuse, I can t say I understood her reasoning, but as she said herself, even she found it weird as most victims shy away from sex thereafter She just craved it As can be expected I felt horrible when her father blantantly said he didn t want her, and mad when her mother contuinued to make her feel bad over things that really had nothing to do with Zara Her younger sister Asha had the right idea and I m glad atleast one child spoke up from the ill torment and was saved Overall, I do recommend giving this book a read atleast once in your life It does not have the best style of writing by far and at times I was failing to see the relevance of some things in the story as a whole But it is raw, and it is emotional If you don t cry, you ll want to throw it from anger So pick it up and allow yourself the expirience of this poor girls life through mixed cultures and abuse even her true culture wouldn t have tolerated I do stress as well, if you, or anyone you know is a victim of Domestic, Physical or Mental abuse please do now hesitate to seek proffesional help, because if this story hasn t taught you already early detection and protection save lives Both short term and long term Staying silent doesn t help anybody For my bookclub, a place of regular reviews, book discussions and visual media comparrisons. Brilliant, courageous story, appreciate the honesty of this story Amazing that she has been able to tell the story of her life, but it am so glad that I got the opportunity to read it. What a monster Zara s step father is and how naive is her mother I would never forget either of them The kids had to live in a world of terror, never knowing when Hassan would kick off and they d be the brunt of his temper I hated how when he turned on the mother, she had had enough and got rid of him yet she.d allowed her kids to be battered for years Glad to see she survived the ordeal and has found happiness. A haunting true story of a young girls life Resonates with this reader in parts and quite shocking in other parts.It is written matter of factly, with some reflection from the writer in the end Not a heartwarming story, but one that will touch the hearts of those who feel for others. If You Say Anything To Your Mother, I Ll Tell Her It Was Your Brother And Then He Ll Be Locked Away In Prison Forever Because Of You Zara S Stepfather, Hassan, Mercilessly Bullied Her Brother And Sister But At Just Seven Years Old Zara Knew She Could Never Tell Anyone About What Hassan Was Doing To HerFor The Next Nine Years, She Kept The Terrible Secret, Until Eventually She Found The Courage To Fight Back But Was She Too Late To Save The People She Loved Secret Evil Is The Moving And Inspirational True Story Of A Little Girl Who Tried To Protect Her Family Against The Evil That Pervaded Their Lives
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- 288 pages
- Secret Evil
- Zara Gill
- 04 March 2019 Zara Gill