Review: Child of Privilege by Ross Ponderson

Child of Privilege by Ross Ponderson
Release Date:  August 27, 2014
Publisher: Ross Ponderson
Pages: 316
Source: book provided by the author for review



Dana Van Werner is riding a bus bound for nowhere.

In her pockets, she carries a bus ticket, $260, hope, her own wits, and an unbreakable will. In her memories, she carries the nightmares of frequent beatings, growing up in constant fear, physical and verbal abuse, and her father’s unfathomable hatred. Dana, a 19-year-old debutante born into wealth, privilege, culture, and social standing, ponders her new world–the “real” world–for which she is laughably ill-prepared.

She doesn’t know where she’s going, where her next meal is coming from, or where she’ll sleep tonight. She does, however, take comfort in two certainties: that the brutal beatings at the hands of her father–a psychotic, powerful attorney–are finally over; and that her decision to run away from the palatial mansion she once called home has probably saved her life.

This lovable, down-to-earth teenager (more “girl next door” than debutante) grows up quickly as she confronts intercity buses, seedy motels, wet t-shirt contests, jail cells, honky-tonks, and predatory night people. All the while, she is relentlessly pursued by private investigators hired by her revenge-obsessed father to bring her back under his control.

You’ll find yourself cheering the courage, strength, and determination of this endearing heroine as she searches for a new home and a new life, and finds a gentle, caring man–a bachelor deputy sheriff–who truly loves her.

But she has no inkling of the nightmare awaiting her at the end of the road.

A dizzying chain of events is triggered by an accident that claims the life of someone Dana loves. Suspicions surrounding the tragedy–and her own anger–force the teenager to return home. Upon her arrival, a humiliating family secret kept carefully hidden for years is callously revealed. This sets the stage for the inevitable final showdown between father and daughter as long-simmering anger, resentment, and hunger for revenge finally erupt into a terrifying flashpoint.

This emotional rollercoaster will lift you to heartwarming heights, plunge you into tearful depths, and amuse you with moments of wry humor.

Join Dana Van Werner on her desperate journey. Let this Child of Privilege inspire you, uplift you, and touch you in her uniquely personal way. You just may discover a part of yourself in her.


Review:  This book was well written, a bit long and had some strong subject matter that I don’t think I could read again in a book. Ross’s writing style maintained a strong descriptive voice throughout the book, and that made this book easier to read despite the strong adult subject material.

After reading this book, I would like to see another book of his with a little lighter and happier themes. I am curious as well if the author had been around abusive moments because his scenes were very believeable. It felt like it could have been based on a non-fiction situation, as the characters were strong with traits that showed he had done his homework.

As this book was over 300 pages, reading this book was done in groups because I couldn’t sit and read it in one sitting. As I thought I was getting closer to the happier moments, it was apparent that once I hit the middle of the book, I had to just finish this book to see Dana get some relief. As there was a total of 61 chapters, it felt like forever until I go to that point. It would be nice to have it cut in half because I felt sad for the woman as I read each chapter because her past could never leave her.  That, I believe should be in small doses, however, it did make me want to hug my love ones a bit more.

If you are not a fan of adult material or even adult topics, pass this book.  There are strong abuse moments that people may not like.This  book is not meant for those sensitive to abuse situation as I even found this book a bit hard to read.  There was very graphic scenes that gave me chills during certain scenes. I don’t recommend that you read this when you can’t sleep, like I did as it keeps you up a lot longer than intended because you are just sad after reading this.

Overall, it was a well-done book, well written and something I could see make it onto the big screen.  Excellent material for anyone needing research about abusive relationships, or something that makes you cry. I definitely cried and I know anyone else reading it will.


colantha sig