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Book Review: Breaking the Silence by Kenzell Evans

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Breaking the Silence by Kenzell Evans is a heart-wrenching true story, illustrating all too well how the justice system in the USA often does not deserve the name it carries. It tells the tale of a young man who after a very rough start in life tried to do the right thing by finding a real job and being a husband to the girl he chose, and a father to his child, yet was thrown off of that course by being falsely accused of a heinous crime.

He was sentenced to a double life plus 15 years in prison, in spite of the fact that he was at work when the crime was committed. This was actually something I found really hard to believe – that such a blatant miscarriage of justice could ever happen. There should have been no problem verifying his claim, and then the whole case against him would have fallen apart.

Be that as it may, he ended in prison, and he took the initiative to educate himself to the point where he was able to challenge his sentence and eventually get out of prison. Much later in life he actually found out who really committed the crime, yet at the end of the book it seemed that he decided to let the sleeping dogs lie and not re-open the case.

While I definitely have to applaud Mr. Evans for the courage it took to put his story on paper in Breaking the Silence, I found the book extremely long-winded and difficult to read. Some background story on his childhood was certainly necessary, but all the rather boring details simply slowed the story down.

I do not think it pertinent in the slightest to find out the height and weight of every person in the story, or the exact size of the diamond-shaped pattern in the living room. A more streamlined story would have captured my interest much better, as would a better edited book.

Most self-published books suffer badly from lack of proofreading and editing, and that will always deter me from enjoying them as much as I would otherwise.

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