Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani is an emotionally powerful book that portrays the effects of domestic abuse on a family throughout their lives. It is an extremely well written book and despite the subject matter this is a book well worth reading. You always think you know people but a family can look perfect on the outside and yet the inside is completely broken. It’s a vicious cycle that destroys lives.
Sonya hasn’t been home in years and probably still wouldn’t be if not for her father being in a coma. Sonya, a photographer, has been traveling the world and living her life as she wishes. It’s not as if she really cares what happens to her father having spent years living with his abuse as did her sister Marin. Only one sister seemed to be his favorite and escape the abuse and that was Trish. And in the background always was their mother Ranee who never lifted a finger to stop the abuse that she, along with her children, suffered. Of course the abuser always has an excuse for his actions and in Brent’s case, having immigrated to America to give his family a better life, failed under the pressure of not fitting in and took it out on his family.
With Sonya home and the women all sitting with their father they find their memories of the past rushing to the surface. None of them have gotten past the horrific violence they suffered at his hands and it’s invaded their lives. Sonya doesn’t seem capable of having a relationship in her adult life, Marin feels she has to control everything in her family to the point of alienating both her daughter and her husband, and Trish is bent on destroying her marriage. Even more disturbing both Ranee and her daughter Trish are harboring a secret that has the power to destroy them all. As Brent’s condition worsens all of them have their own private thoughts on whether they want this man to live or die and in doing so – in bringing the past into the present – they might all be able to finally move on from the horrors of their past and look to the future.
I could not stop listening to this book. It’s one of those books that even though the subject matter is disturbing you are still drawn into it. The author really lets you get to know her characters so you become emotionally involved with them and the audiobook makes this story all the more real. It is narrated by Karen Peakes who does a fabulous job of bringing all the emotion to this book that it deserves. I highly recommend Trail of Broken Wings.
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Books like that can be difficult but they’re so important to read!
Kathy, I completely agree.
I’m hearing awfully good things about this book – tough subject matter but good book. Will keep it in mind. 🙂
Kay, this book does contain tough subject matter but it is good and possibly helpful to someone who has been through abuse such as is in the book.
It was so interesting to read about how what happened in this family affected each of the women…and how they overcame it.
Lisa, I thought so too. It really shows how abuse affects everyone differently. I’ll have to pop over and check out your thoughts on the book.
Heather J @ TLC Book Tours says
This is the kind of audiobook that makes me not want to get out of the car because I don’t want to stop listening. I’m glad you can recommend it so highly!
Thanks for being a part of the tour.
Heather, it’s a really good audio. I’m the same in the car. LOL.