Tristis Manor (Never Chronicles #1.5)Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again. Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles, an epic fantasy series.
----------Once again, Margaret found herself in the back corner of the larder.
----------Digital copy for tour
4 stars out of 5----------
Be forewarned. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is the story of Margaret, a nine year-old girl who is abused and neglected by her mother. To cope with her mother's wrath and indifference to her well-being, Margaret harms herself by scraping her hands back and forth on the wooden florr and cuts her fingers making them bleed. Tristis Manor is an extremely sad, and oftentimes horrifying, novel about Margaret's journey.
This is a rather quick read, but despite the short length, Wagnor manages to develop Margaret rather nicely throughout the whole book. When we first meet her, she is scared and lonely and trying to cope with the pain her mother is putting her through. As the story goes on, we see Margaret's journey from a scared little girl to a strong young woman, capable of not only taking care of herself, but also her one year-old sister.
I loved this book and can't wait to read Wagner's full length novel!
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