E.L. DuBois’ Description:
A beautiful, naïve young woman with fairy-tale dreams…
And a beast of a man who only finds pleasure in the vicious acts he commits.
When their paths cross, she finds herself caught in his web of cruelty…
A merciless dance for survival begins.
Based on a true story, The Glass Mask: Monsters Lurk Beneath takes readers through the emotional, physical, and psychological parallels of an abuse victim willing to do anything to survive. Beauty is captured by the most horrific of beasts, and each day is a struggle to beat the monster at his own game.
Will Beauty be able to outmaneuver the Beast?
Or will he take the ultimate sadistic prize?
Visit E.L. DuBois’ website at www.eldubois.com
Travis Borne’s review:
I must say I’ve never read a novel quite like this. The author tells her tale of being brutally abused over the course of years, by “Beast,” a growing, worsening, incomprehensible evil. Domestic violence. She refers to herself as Beauty, and creatively names every character in the book: the Red Witch, the Queen, the Vile Sister, King… I read this quickly because I couldn’t put it down, wanting to know when the Beast would get his, and each time he slyly got away with murder—but really, it was worse!
How much can one person endure? Beauty is controlled, forced to do unimaginable things, and manages to keep an ember of hope alive, for her Princess, for a life that cannot continue on like this! And just when you think things are letting up, the blackhole swings back into her universe and flips every planet, moon, and rock—her world is turned upside-down again. Punched, humiliated—tortured. Worse, horribly, and it gets better then it gets really, utterly dreadful. And then, the unimaginable happens, combined with a spell of time that drives Beauty’s reality straight into Hell.
But she overcomes, adapts, and ultimately escapes—only to get pulled back in. Again, no not again! Worse still! And the ordeal twists not only Beauty’s mind, but nearly kills her, and she loses something she can never get back.
And then she meets *him*
Only to go *back* to Hell.
When the rubble clears and she finally crawls free, with a support team solidly behind her, will she survive what has ultimately been done to her, and will she reunite with her soul mate?
Straight from the heart. And that’s what will keep you reading. An original and flowing story that kept me hooked. Yes, I wanted to see that maniac get his, and many times the story was so terrible, so utterly unfathomable, that I felt almost dizzy reading it.
This is a non-sugarcoated, raw, heart-wrenching tale, which has my favorite type of ending, one that’ll bring a tear to your eye and fill your heart with warmth. A story well told in a unique and creative way. One star for not being able to put it down, one BIG star for the writer’s courage and unbreakable spirit against all odds, one for crying with her as she shed new light on what occurs on our planet every day—AWARENESS! One star for the soulmate she found, his love, her love, her families love, and unity in the face of evil, and finally, one for having the courage to tell her story, which I know has and will continue to empower others in the face of domestic violence. Combined, that’s 5 stars solid and strong.