I found Life After Hell to be a shocking and painful book to read. No platitudes can meet the pain endured by the author and her brother both from their tormentor and the biological parents who abandoned them.
Life After Hell is not a book for the “woose” to read and click a sympathetic tongue. Ms. Quintal writes stunning, yet clinical reports of her life almost day by day. If Hell is the address for the experience these children endured, they must have been at the depths.
The children survived, both for a time. But in the end, only Ms. Quintal lives and breathes today with a loving husband and precious children. More reading finds Gladys Quintal longing for beauty, abundance and a dream life. Gladys Quintal wrote a guest blog post for Cardinal Bluff entitled “Life After Hell | Surviving Sexual Abuse, Gladys Quintal, author.”
Added to her childhood days of damnation, she endured the legal system in her efforts to gather evidence on her own with the help of aunts and other family victims so that her tormenting step-father could be further prosecuted and legal justice meted out. There was no spiritual justice coming from either the perpetrator or the children’s natural mother….nothing but wrongful accusation for the ‘whining’ victims.
Gladys Quintal is a hero in my eyes! She survived and she gathered strength to tattle and keep tattling until she found a level of victory that she can use to move on in her life.
She has an interesting therapy in her choice of artistic statement. She WRITES novels where the hero is an avenging vampire. A vampire (a character type often selected by other authors for castigation) who defends the defenseless with whatever means are necessary. Every story becomes a validation for her own survival and represents her much desired rescue. I don’t usually choose Vampire stories, but I did get a copy of Gladys Quintal’s novel, The Man of My Dreams to read her style and learn more about her. I found a Beauty and the Beast story that will appeal to vampire fans. Reflections of the author’s childhood with abuse added to neglect appear in the descriptions of luxury, ample wealth, food and clothing. Ms. Quintal’s heroine is everything she wished to be as a child, complete with a rescuing hero. Especially appealing for readers to know a little more about the depth of their favorite author.