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Alcatraz: The Lost Pearl can be judged by it's cover in some sense. It's as rough around the edges as the photo that graces it. The subject matter is tough to handle and the more conservative a reader is, the more difficult of a time they are going to have with it. Aleshia dealt with the subject matter appropriately, not using it as a shock value as some authors do. Still, you can't write about the rape of a young girl and a lost lifestyle that results, without it being a bit. . . "heavy".
While the writing isn't the best I have reviewed in my 5 year history of reviewing, it's not poor writing. It was very heavy with dialogue. Long dialogue. Dialogue about almost every religion known to man, as "Alcatraz" searches for meaning in her broken life. At times it lost me. But given I could understand the author's intent, I kept with it.
I give Alcatraz: The Lost Pearl a 3 out of 5 rating. It wasn't an excellent book but at the same time, I can see that perhaps God will use it for someone who is attracted to it's cover, begins reading it, relates to the main character, and is drawn on her journey through the worst life can bring and the false religions of the world that tempts. A journey that can only find it's rightful conclusion in the Savior Jesus Christ.