This is an intense short story. The psychological aspect, the dissociation of the girl from the horrific abuse she suffers at the hands of her kidnapper, is frightening. This poor girl has been abused, tortured, god knows what has happened to her. Her mode of survival is to put it on her doll, Red.
Just when you thought the story couldn’t get any more harrowing, it does. We find out that after the girl escapes her kidnapper, she is then abused further by the policeman who found her.
This is wonderfully written piece. It’s horrifying in the subject matter, yet handled with the upmost respect and delicacy.
Thank you to The Bold Mom for putting me onto Dona Fox. I hope to read more from her soon.