By Joyce Carol Oates
Dinah Whitcomb probably has every little thing. A loving and winning husband, and a sensible, precocious younger son named Robbie. in the future, their worlds are shattered while Dinah is attacked and Robbie is taken in a mall car parking zone. Dinah, injured, makes an attempt to stick to, yet is administered over via the kidnapper's van, mangling her physique approximately past repair.
The kidnapper, a part-time Preacher named Chester money, calls himself Daddy Love, as he has kidnapped, tortured, and raped a number of younger boys into being his lover and in addition to his 'son'. He confines Robbie in a tool known as an wood Maiden, in essence a small coffin, and renamed him 'Gideon'. Daddy Love slowly brainwashes 'Gideon' into believing that he's Daddy Love's actual son, and any time the boy resists or rebels it's met with punishment past his wildest nightmares.
As Dinah recovers from her wounds, her global and her marriage fight to exist each day. although it kind of feels hopeless, she retains a flicker of wish alive that her son remains to be alive.
As Robbie grows older, he turns into extra conscious of simply how giant Daddy Love actually is. although as a small boy he as frightened of what may possibly occur if he disobeyed Daddy Love, Robbie starts off to achieve that the longer he remains in the house of this demon, the better probability he'll prove like Daddy Love's different 'sons' who have been by no means heard from back. someplace inside of this tortured younger boy lies a spark of rebellion...and quickly he sees simply what lengths he needs to visit that allows you to have any probability at survival.
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Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates