Two Boys by Susan L Metzger

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A haunted, dawning horror creeps through this story, and when the revelations appear, it’s difficult to put down.


C.K., a man on death row for killing his child lover, and Johnnie, now a psychiatrist, relive their childhood friendship. Both were victims of a child pornography cult that operated out of their daycare center in 1983. They are single children of two very different sets of parents and just happen, in mid-childhood, to become neighbors in rural Indiana. One boy relishes some of the daycare memories; the other has repressed everything, but his occasional flashbacks unsettle his best friend. A third boy, an interloper who is still involved with the perpetrators, instills rivalry among the two, but this anguish binds C.K. and Johnnie even further. The voluptuous Cross-Eyed Ladonna and an older bi-sexual neighbor create confusion and guilt as the two boys grapple with themselves as sexual beings. Love, laughter, perceptiveness, and wanting to do the right thing entwine the two boys in deepening friendship.

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Susan Metzger is a psychologist, college English instructor, award-winning author, lover of dogs, an avid bicyclist and hiker, and a mediocre classical violist who took up the violin in middle age. She became interested in cult behavior and abuse in 1983 while she ran the parents' support group for the families whose children were abused in the daycare center detailed in this novel. She was given the privilege of reading personal journals and case records of several homosexual pedophiles who were being treated at a Chicago clinic that specialized in the treatment of child sexual abuse. She began writing her first novel when she was in elementary school. She won fiction contests, served as assistant editor of her high school literary magazine, and after earning two masters degrees, one in psychology and one in business, she returned to her first love and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University.
Published April 16, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 403 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 09 2013

A haunted, dawning horror creeps through this story, and when the revelations appear, it’s difficult to put down.

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