The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son
183 Pages
ISBN 978-1517105440

The Prodigal Son A good kid—handsome, smart, and popular—so why has Andrew Tibbet decided to throw away his future? Why won't he speak? Why is he bent on revenge?

Psychologist, Allyson Freemont, and Detective Ernie Blackwell investigate why teenager, Andrew Tibbet, has developed selective mutism. Why does he refuse to attend school when it results in disaster for him and criminal charges against his parents? Andrew, a teenager, overwhelmed with anger and rejection, plans to destroy his family emotionally and financially. He creates a unique plan of retribution by manipulating a system of rules designed by those who should protect him. His passive aggression rises above the irrational control of his father, the emotional abdication of his mother, and the ineffectiveness of the educational and judicial systems.

When evaluated by Dr. Allyson Freemont, she comes to understand the events which led to this boy's twisted thinking and the powerlessness of children living within a dysfunctional family. Allyson Freemont slowly unravels a family ruled by an oppressive and devious parent. A parent who lies and manipulates a son who suffers bitter betrayal, and Andrew who is coerced into loyalty to protect family members. She comes to understand Andrew's anger and frustration when she uncovers the disturbing truth about what's been happening behind closed doors.

Valerie Allen

About Valerie Allen (Melbourne, Florida Author)

Valerie Allen

About the Author

Valerie Allen, psychologist and author, writes fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and children's books. Her short stories, writer blogs, and parenting articles have appeared online and in magazines nationwide.

She is a member of both, the National and Florida Association of School Psychologists and conducts seminars for educators, medical, and mental health professionals using her self-help book, "Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony."

She supports writers using her book, "Write, Publish, Sell! Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged," 2nd Ed. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild and as a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Cape Canaveral Branch. She is also co-founder of Authors for Authors where, for more than 12 years, she continues to create and host author events and writer conferences.

She lives in warm and sunny Florida where she has enjoyed raising six children, from whom she has learned many things about life and love.