*Disclaimer: a free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.” – Dave Pelzer
Bradley Hughes, single, works as a general laborer and tends bar on Fridays and Saturdays. Nothing exciting happens much to him until he hears disturbing noises from his neighbors upstairs. When he meets Luka and senses that there is more to his story than he cares to reveal, Brad goes the extra mile to help out.
This is the seventh book in the More Than Friends series but could well stand alone. Characters from other books in the series show up and play significant roles especially towards the latter part of the story. Brad and Luka’s voices alternate as the plot unravels.
For me, trying to make sense out of something that does not – whatever explanation is offered – is a futile exercise specifically when it is about child abuse. I cannot wrap my mind around such acts of violence.
Luka is a victim and suffers abuse at the hands of his own father. I felt Luka’s dilemma – almost an adult and nearly tasting the freedom he desperately seeks but helpless at the moment. I could understand his hesitation to seek the system for help and i wished there was a better way for minors like him and children in general to be better protected. It is a sad reality that sometimes the system that offers refuge and protection to victims and prosecutes the offenders fails. Unfortunately, it happens. It is not a perfect one – as all human systems are.
Brad’s own way of offering assistance is commendable and I too, felt his dilemma. He could only do as much. I admire his kind heart and his self-control, though. He could have let sleeping dogs lie but he took a risk and chose to be involved.
There was a turning point in the story that could have spelled disaster for Luka and Brad. How this was resolved was both comedic and tragic at the same time.
This was a well-written story but not a light read for me. It may have been fiction but it mirrors a dark side of reality that – for the sake of the innocent – begs to be stopped.
My Name is Luka: (More Than Friends Book 7)
More Than Friends (10 Book Series)
This book deserves a rating of: