Spirit of the Straightedge by Babs Lakey
Over My Dead Body May 2001 paperback
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Sanders has been abused by her father. She cannot understand why she can
never do anything to please him. It is her best (and only) friend, Lynn,
who bolsters her fragile ego and gives her confidence.
Elsie's parents die in a murder/suicide, she and Lynn leave their small
town and move to Minneapolis to find a new life for themselves.
is brutally mutilated and murdered. Elsie believes the murderer is the
man Lynn rejected and who was stalking her. She shares her feelings with
Detective Gerald Lawrence, who cannot make any progress in the case.
murder leaves Elsie in such a state that she joins a therapy group. She
finds that each member of the group has been traumatized in some manner
by sex abusers.
has spent her life trying to make everyone else happy so they would like
her and show her the love she thought she needed. Now she decides to seek
revenge for all those in her group while she is still trying to find Lynn's
murderer. Her method of revenge is well-planned, diabolical and final
for all concerned.
when she finds the murderer and wreaks her vengeance is she able to exorcise
her demons and seek a normal life.
is a chilling story of the effect abuse may have on its victims.
The reader is taken into the mind of the murderer and of Elsie, and is
given flashbacks of both their lives and how it affected them.
action is fast paced and suspenseful. The characters are presented in
depth. The book is well-written; it is written with strong language. There
is a lot of graphic violence along with descriptive, explicit sex. This
is not a book for the faint-hearted.