Friday, November 19, 2010

Sneak Peak at STOLEN by Vivian Zabel

Wow, what can I say. I read Stolen and found it . . . Well, I actually wrote a review to express how I feel about the book, and here it is.

Title: Stolen
Author: Vivian Gilbert Zabel
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9825886-4-2
Reviewed by: Karen Cioffi

To have young children snatched from their home is inconceivable, inconsolable, and heart wrenching. It can destroy a parent, and the family. Unfortunately, it’s not that uncommon.

Stolen, by Vivian Gilbert Zabel, is a story of the inconceivable. Based on a true story, Zabel conveys much of the agony and utter despair that is evoked from having a father steal his children from their mother.

The protagonist, Torri, leaves her abusive husband and finds refuge and comfort with her family. She even develops a loving relationship with an old friend. Life is good again; Torri and her two young children are happy.

Then it happens, the abusive ex-husband rears his ugly head, and for whatever reason people who commit such an atrocious act do so, he kidnaps the children.

The father and children have completely vanished. The FBI is on the job, but there are no leads to follow. The trail is getting colder by the minute. And, the aunt who took the children for an excursion to the zoo, and the only witness, had been drugged and lay near death.

In an interview with Vivian Gilbert Zabel, she was asked a poignant question in regard to her book: Being the subject matter is so personal and heart wrenching, were you able to say all you wanted to? Or, were some of the emotions just too difficult to convey?

The author candidly answered: “I couldn’t put everything into the book. Plus, there is no way to express the anguish we all felt. I did feel as if part of my heart had been ripped out. How do I describe that so that another person could really ‘feel’ the pain? Also, some details couldn’t be used, even if the story were greatly fictionalized.”

Obviously, while there is no way to fully convey the emotions involved in this type of situation, Zabel comes as close as possible. She weaves a riveting and engrossing, and well structured story of tragedy, fear, despair, longing, hope, and life. She uses wonderful descriptive details that will bring tears to your eyes – be sure to have a box of tissues next to you when you read Stolen. It is a story that will have you anxiously turning each page – it is a must read.

The novel is available through any bookstore, the 4RV Publishing website book store, plus other online book providers such as Amazon.


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Janet Ann Collins said...

What a powerful and painful thing to write. Unfortunately things like that happen too often in today's world.

Karen Cioffi said...

Hi, Jan. Yes, it's a crazy and disturbing world.

kathy stemke said...

Great review Karen.

Vivian, thank you for sharing this heart wrenching story with the world. I'm sure you'll help many people cope with their own nightmare.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Very nice review, Karen. I'm looking forward to reading the book. I've never been able to figure out why people act the way they do, especially when they involve children in their ugly life.

Karen Cioffi said...

Kathy and Beverly, thank you for stopping by. This type of action is just mind boggling - there's no rhyme or reason to it.

Vivian Zabel said...

Sorry I'm just showing up. I left early the morning of the 18th, not realizing I wouldn't have email access until I returned tonight.

Thank you, Karen, for such a well-written review of Stolen.

The book should be available through most bookstores and Amazon in another week. It is available through now.

Karen Cioffi said...


I forgot you'd be away!