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Cynthia J. Giachino Publishes an Autobiographical Novel with “Quiet. Fear.”

‘This is a detailed, unflinching story of abuse and the damage that follows, but also of the mind’s amazing ability to endure and heal. It is painstakingly plotted; the author skillfully moves back and forth in time - while keeping readers grounded in the moment. While dark and at times painful, the story is also balanced with hope and perseverance.’ -Blueink review

San Diego, California – WEBWIRE

“It is rare to find an author that displays this level of authenticity.” – C.A. Dundon, Amazon Customer

Cynthia J. Giachino shares her life story in the autobiographical book, “Quiet. Fear.” She creates a deeply scarred character named Lilly, to be her heart and eyes, as she takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of healing and self-care.

The novel begins with Lilly reluctantly seeking out a therapist. Her shame, guilt, and fear have controlled her for two decades. The quiet fear of her youth and early adult years controlled her. There were times where she could bury the past, but after the birth of her son, triggers opened her Pandora’s Box. Panic and anxiety flooded her head. All she wanted was to be normal. To show love to her child without feeling guilt, but the past kept sliding to the front of her mind. Nothing worked to keep its dark memories out of her present. The two worlds were colliding and she was falling in their crevice. Seeking support, she reaches out to Dr. Bricks.

It is here where a guarded Lilly returns to her memories of being happy and carefree with her family and how those days changed when her Godparents, Aunt Millie, and Uncle Frank, began planning schemes to isolate her and bring her into their dark world of child pornography and sexual assaults. Lilly fights to keep the good in her life and bury the dark, but with each passing year, the attacks become more shameful while guilt roots deeply into her being.

With Dr. Bricks’ help, Lilly shifts from being a survivor to becoming a more confident, stronger mother, wife, and teacher. Years later she encounters Frank and Millie again at a family outing. Her son is now almost four. The same age she was when she recalled her first memory. She has never broken her silence with the family, putting her son in danger. Will Frank trap him into becoming a victim? Could she protect her son from such evil? Is it a chance worth taking? Once again, she begins to question her actions. She can’t tell her parents and siblings. It wouldn’t be safe. Frank is dangerous and violent. His threats of death to those she loves can’t be ignored.

Will Lilly’s new strength and confidence be enough to face her abuser again and save her son from the traumas she endured? Frank used drugs and whatever means he could come up with to trap their victims. He stalked, watching their every move, learning their environment and the people that surrounded them. Like a snake, he slithered around one’s life before he struck.

Is it possible to keep her son safe from his grasp? What about her nieces and nephews? Who is protecting them? Does she have to leave her family and start a new life to find safety? Fear still runs through her blood. Is she as strong as Dr. Bricks believes she is?

Lilly wants justice, but how and at what cost?

“Quiet. Fear.” by Cynthia Giachino is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ReadersMagnet Bookstore.

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“Quiet. Fear.: An Autobiographical Novel”
Author| Cynthia J. Giachino
Genre| Autobiography, Memoir
Publisher| ReadersMagnet, LLC
Published Date| April 2023

Author’s Biography
Cynthia J Giachino was dedicated to teaching children and young teens. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with two majors in education and a minor in psychology. She taught for over 30 years. She was born and raised in rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where her story takes place. Upon retirement and encouraged by a friendship, she began a life-long goal of writing a book to share her personal experiences of childhood abuse and the decades of learning how to live with her mental health issues that resulted from the trauma. In this one-of-a-kind, powerful read, she breaks her silence in hope of bringing awareness of its effects to her readers.

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 Quiet. Fear.
 Cynthia J Giachino
 Autobiographical Novel

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