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TLC Review: Lost Child by Torey Hayden

Title: Lost Child
Author: Torey Hayden
Year Published: 2019

Genre: Adult non-fiction
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)UK (Wales)

FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for TLC Book Review

Summary (from the back of the book): The first new book from beloved therapist and writer Torey Hayden in almost fifteen years—an inspiring, uplifting tale of a troubled child and the remarkable woman who made a difference.

In a forgotten corner of Wales, a young girl languishes in a home for troubled children. Abandoned by her parents because of her violent streak, Jessie—at the age of ten—is at risk of becoming just another lost soul in the foster system.

Precocious and bold, Jessie is convinced she is possessed by the devil and utterly unprepared for the arrival of therapist Torey Hayden. Armed with patience, compassion, and unconditional love, Hayden begins working with Jessie once a week. But when Jessie makes a stunning accusation against one of Hayden’s colleagues – a man Hayden implicitly trusts – Hayden’s work doubles: now she must not only get to the root of Jessie’s troubles, but also find out if what the girl alleges is true.

A moving, compelling, and inspiring account, Lost Child is a powerful testament once again of Torey Hayden’s extraordinary ability to reach children who many have given up on—and a reminder of how patience and love can ultimately prevail.

Purchase Links: HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: I think I have read books by Tory Hayden many years ago. They are quite heavy and fascinating in a morbid way. Reading about the lives of others who have struggled is difficult as I cannot imagine people treating children so badly.

Jessie is a troubled child who lies, has wild mood swings, and doesn't seem to be able to control herself. And she is quite sexualized. What is therapist Torey Hayden supposed to do with and for her? Through Hayden's conversations with Jessie over a year or so we get to know Jessie, her troubled family, and how she comes to leave her group home. I am so glad there is an epilogue where Hayden lets us know what happens to Jessie.

It's strange to be on the outside listening in to the conversations between therapist and patient, wishing Jessie wouldn't lie, and wanting her to be okay. I kept thinking that if someone could make Jessie feel loved it would all be okay, but Hayden did that. It took over a year of really listening to Jessie to even get some movement. The human mind is an amazing thing and children are resilient, in the end.

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