Section 132 by Helga Zeiner

Section 132 by Helga Zeiner 
Reading stories like this are always a little hard for me. It’s like I want to torture myself by even reading things like this. While I have never been in a cult or know anyone in quiet the same situation. I did once know many families that raised their girls like this. Men were “the be all end all” and the girls were to sit around and wait to be married and have no opinion on anything. Topics like this and religion use to make me very angry and they still do with certain people.

This particular story starts off hard, fast, and brutal. There is no slow introduction there is just death. It surprised me a little bit, I wasn’t expecting that much brutality. I think allot of books gloss of the reality for some of these girls.

I found Richard to be most interesting, mainly his self denial. In his mind such a thing can happen elsewhere but not in Canada not where he was building. He was never okay with what was happening, it was not any of his business and I think this is the general reaction of most people who find themselves in similar situations for the first time.

I like that both of Helga’s books are in BC. All the town names I recognized as towns I’ve either been through, drive through, or heard of. And her descriptions match my memory. I definitely would not recommend this book if you cannot handle violence against young children. It is a really good story, though a little predictable. Helga Zeiner is a good writer and I look forward to more books by her.