Pastoor | General Fiction
With no holds barred Pat Stamatélos tells the gripping true story of a woman who as a child got caught in the claws of a paedophile – a church leader doing the devil’s work under the cloak of youth counselling. It is the story of a child who through the circumstances of her life got thrown into this lion’s den, the story of a woman who slowly bled to death from the wound the pastor had inflicted on her, with the wretchedly unwitting assistance of her foster parents.
A lesser writer could easily have turned this into something sensational, but Pat Stamatélos’s treatment of it is a careful study of a wounded psyche, and an unflinching exposure of a cancer in the heart of our society. Heart-wrenching, but at the same time absolutely mesmerising.