The Breaking Point
by Janaya Black
“Hell hath no fury like a broken woman”- Vanessa Jackson is a reporter on assignment at the Wayne County Women's Correctional Facility. Her assignment is to interview Marion Hayes, who was convicted to a life sentence for murdering her husband. At first Vanessa is a little put off about having to do the seemingly mundane interview in the first place, until she researches the case in depth and finds that there is more to the woman’s story than meets the eye.
What kind of woman murders her husband? Almost immediately upon meeting Marion, Vanessa becomes intrigued with the beautiful woman that is presented to her. She becomes mystified to understand how this woman, who exudes such strength and poise, could be capable of murder. No sooner is this question formed in her mind then the tape recorder starts rolling and she is taken deep into the grim existence of a woman who has known nothing but loss, abuse, and heartache all of her life.
You will become enthralled in the story of a woman who has become the prisoner of her mind and emotions and has no other outlet than to tell her story to a complete stranger to expunge her demons. You will feel the heartache of her tremendous loss, the suspense of her trials and tribulations, and the shock of the incident that finally drives her to the point of violence.
Travel with her from childhood with her mother-like love for her younger brother and their experience as they get bounced around as foster children at a young age, to the meeting of her childhood sweetheart who would be her soul mate, her battle with drugs and prostitution, and the many other obstacles that plague her life along the way.
- Janaya Black, January 2011
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