While searching Goodreads for a book I’ve read and wanted to read: Silent Tears
I bumped into another book with a similar title, Cry Silent Tears. Just from the blurb and the reviews, my body melted, every nerve fighting the urge to go hysteric from anger. Being a mother, I can’t understand how a mother can be this cruel and those who let it happen.
Joe knew his mother was cruel and violent, but he trusted his beloved father to protect him from her. When a freak accident saw his father burn to death in front of him, Joe was left at the mercy of his mother. Without the love of his friend and brother, he wouldn’t have survived. With them, he went on to spend his life fighting child abuse.
Joe was just five years old and the horrific scene literally struck him dumb. He didn’t speak for four and a half years, which meant he was unable to ask anyone for help as his life turned into a living hell. His schizophrenic mother and two of his older brothers spent the following years beating him, raping him and locking him in the cellar at the family home.
Fed on scraps that he was forced to lick from the floor, he was sometimes left naked in the dark for three days without human contact. Unable to read or write, all Joe could do to communicate his suffering was draw pictures. The violence and sexual abuse grew in severity as more people, including his stepfather, were invited to use him in any way they chose.
The only thing that saved Joe was the kindness of his elder brother and his only school friend, both of whom showed him that love was possible even in the darkest of situations. At fourteen he finally found the courage to run away, hiding in a hut by a railway line, fed on scraps by some local children who found him.
Joe’s is the ultimate insider’s story, casting light into the darkest of hidden worlds, and a truly inspirational account of how one small boy found the strength to overcome almost impossible odds and become a remarkable man. Now that he has found his voice again, Joe speaks out against child abuse and helps support and protect other children whose lives have been blighted by it.
Few Goodreads reviews:
… His story is one that’s hard to endure through page after page of torture, beatings, rape, even mental and physical abuse at the hands of his mother, brothers and anyone who came into his life once his father who thought the world of his son died in a tragical accident. Knowing this is happening and it’s out there as foretold in Joe’s story will have wanting to hold onto him for dear life and wishing that everything could have better for him and had been there for him where all others had failed him and were not…
This book is extremely grotesque and sickening. I wanted to stop reading it but felt I owed it to the author to finish it. What he experienced was beyond imaginable…
It was a hard read, and I wouldn’t suggest reading it unless you have the stomach. I went into it not know the severity of his situation. Then I read some reviews on the book, and I was horrified as to how some people said that it wasn’t completely true, and that it was unbelievable. Those people are disgusting….
My reply to the last reviewer: My childhood isn’t as horrible as this book, but people still barely believe me (when I tell my terrible childhood.) I can see it in their eyes and the way they act. Sadly there are people who refuse to look truth in the face.