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Auteur: Karen Young. Uitgever: Howard Books. Seven years ago, tragedy ended the troubled marriage of Camille and Jack Vermillion. Now, as head of the Truth Project, her life safe and orderly, she focuses her lawyerly skills on freeing wrongly incarcerated individuals on death row. Jack paid a bitter price for his mistakes. No longer a high-powered corporate attorney, he's now pastor of a small church in Blood Bayou.

Unsure of her own beliefs, Camille is highly skeptical of the conversion of this man she hasn't seen in seven years. Then tragedy strikes again. Jack's sister is murdered, apparently by a prisoner Camille has set free. To prove his innocence, Camille must return to Blood Bayou. But that means facing the hostility of the town -- and Jack. Toon meer Toon minder. Recensie s Karen Young's Blood Bayou grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning and does not let go until the last page.

More importantly, along the way the reader enters into a significant faith journey with the characters, one that begins with sin and ends with repentance and love. It is a rare book that can offer a superb story, wholly believable characters, and a heart-wrenching narrative of evil and redemption. Later that night, she announces that Cisely will no longer wait up for her father, as it seems to be during these late night sessions that Lewis is grooming his child to become a replacement wife and is probably molesting her.

A confused Cisely starts to cry and runs up to her room. When her father arrives home, she listens as he and Roz have a screaming match. Once the fight is over, she then goes downstairs to comfort her father -- again, having been brainwashed into believing her mother is in the wrong. Cisely then kisses her father "like a woman" because this is what she's been groomed for all along. It's my belief that this is the point when Cisely is raped by her father. She later tells Eve that he held on to her, kissing her and holding her, and wouldn't let go.

When she fought back, he slapped her to the floor, and she doesn't know what happened after that. The next morning, Eve finds Cisely crying in bed, while her bloody panties lay on the floor. Eve is a child and doesn't understand what she is seeing -- neither did I when I first saw this film. Much like Eve, I was a child and didn't know about the blood that can happen when a woman loses her virginity.

So, again like Eve, I assumed Cisely had her period. I also never quite understood why Cisely flipped out and tried to strangle her sister because Eve threatened to tell their father about it. It just seemed so bizarre for a young girl to act that way over her period. This isn't Carrie. Young girls don't typically go ballistic over blood and cramps and try to strangle people. Contrary to the sexist stereotypes, we don't howl at the moon and become violent, angry, and irrational once a month.

The fact that Roz was so ready to believe that Cisely had her "period" and wasn't struggling with the loss of her virginity shows her internalized misogyny: Roz was ready to believe her daughter was being randomly irrational and emotional over a little blood rather than open her eyes and see the truth.

Unfortunately, Roz ultimately failed to protect her daughter, which is likely where a lot of Cisely's resentment toward her mother comes from. She doesn't go to Roz when her father is hurting her because she knows Roz won't believe her a heartbroken Roz is later shocked by the fact that Cisely didn't tell her about her "period. This is the reality of most rape victims, who stay silent for long years because they know speaking up will expose them to more harmful and detrimental victim blaming and misogyny.

So Cisely does what most rape victims do: she stays silent and won't speak to anyone. Her father comes to her and has the gall to ask to examine her. Maybe he wants to cover up evidence of what he did.


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She turns her back and tells him to go away and can't even look at him. If you pay attention to the scene, you will notice Mozelle give Lewis a skeptical look as if she suspects him -- only to smile and succumb to his charms when he smiles at her. When Cisely's baffled parents asks her what she wants to do, it shouldn't be shocking that she should want to get the hell away from them.

Both her parents have abused her. Both of them hit her, one raped her, and the other didn't listen to her or protect her from that rape. Roz tried to protect Cisely, but it was her own blindness to the extent of her husband's true evil that did not enable her to do so. Eve is the only person who can get Cisely to open up. She tearfully recounts the night her father struck her to the floor, and the way she describes it, Lewis aggressively grabbed her and kissed her and wouldn't let go. There is no excuse in the world for this behavior.

And alcohol will never be an excuse. Alcohol doesn't create behavior -- it gives people the courage to do the terrible things they already wanted to do. A furious Eve decides her father must die.

She goes to the market looking for Elzora and runs into Mr. She pretty much straight-up tells him that her father is sleeping with his wife. This is what really sets the plot in motion, not anything Elzora does later. Lewis ultimately dies because of his own actions. He screwed over literally a man who saw him as a brother, while sleeping with pretty much every woman in town. It was only a matter of time before an angry husband shot him. Eve's comments in the market just sped up the process. This is why Elzora keeps laughing at Eve: she knows the spell won't work.

She basically robbed a little girl of twenty bucks and enjoys cackling about it because she hates the Batistes. Once Lewis finally gets shot, Cisely breaks down crying at his funeral. Now that her father is dead, she has to deal with guilt for hating him, as well as anguish and confusion. To me, it makes sense that she would break down. She was raped by someone she loved and trusted, which is usually the scenario in most assaults. That is a lot for a fourteen-year-old girl to process.

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After the funeral, Eve finds a letter that her father wrote to Mozelle. In the letter, it's revealed that Mozelle knew all along that her brother was molesting Cisely and made accusations against him. Lewis defends himself but at the same time damns himself by revealing that he knew it was Cisely when she came downstairs. It would have been very easy for him to say he was drunk and thought Cisely was his wife.

But he knew it was Cisely who was sitting on his lap, kissing him. He even states that he waited for her. When Eve confronts Cisely, she has decided she no longer believes her sister. This is a purposeful bit of irony considering that Cecily didn't believe Eve in the opening of the film about their cheating father.

Cisely breaks down crying and says their father "hurt her so bad.

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This is pretty much the scene that thoroughly convinced me this story was about incestuous rape. Eve uses her powers to read Cisely, but all she can see are confused images of Cisely being slapped to the floor and nothing after. Cisely then continues crying hard as she explains that she doesn't know what happened. It's entirely possible that Cisely blocked out from being smacked down. When she woke up, she had been raped, and she ran away. About this product. Categories Books Other.

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