Power is such a relative term. Who has it, who doesn't—in many ways it's a matter of acceptance. Take the case of Magnolia Kelch, heroine of No Peace for the Damned. The youngest daughter of the affluent Kelch family, she possesses more supernatural gifts than any other member of her family, yet she has been raised to be a victim. Tortured, humiliated, experimented on—all at the hands of her sadistic father and uncles—and having never known any other way, Magnolia has accepted her life without question until the day she escapes. This is where the book begins.
Newly freed, Magnolia realizes for the first time how her powers have grown to be more than just tools for her survival:
Heightened senses--she can hear the footsteps of her father’s guards when they come to retrieve her in the middle of the night, allowing her those few moments of warning to brace herself before being dragged off to hernext session with Father and his gruesome experiments.
Telepathy--a gift all Kelch family members share between one another. Magnolia learns early on to address only spoken words, not thoughts, or else her punishments will be that much worse.
Supernatural strength--fighting back against Father's steroid-altered guards may not stop her painful torture sessions, especially if Uncle Max wants to practice a new "interrogation" technique on her, but Magnolia takes her entertainment where she can get it. The guards make such funny faces when she breaks their bones resisting.
Regeneration--she should have died years ago from her painful sessions. In many ways, she did. Yet here she is, living, breathing, surviving because of her ability to heal herself.
What will happen when Magnolia realizes that the control her family has over her is nothing more than perceived power? When the real power inside her reaches its full potential, we might just find out!