by Elanie Kruger with Jaco Hough-Coetzee (Delta) ISBN: 9781928248026
It takes a special kind of courage to bare one’s soul, especially in the way abuse survivor Elanie Kruger does to Jaco Hough-Coetzee. This is why I felt a bit cheated to find that Hough-Coetzee has fictionalised Kruger’s grim account in From Playground to Prostitute.
To be fair, it is made clear on the cover that the book is “based on a true story of salvation”, and this type of treatment does make it a lot easier to read. But, in changing her name for the story, he echoes the way in which she was made to take on a new identity when she was forced into prostitution, leaving me wondering if she has entered a new phase of abuse.
Storifying her ordeal also gives Hough-Coetzee the leeway to make presumptions about her thoughts and motives, and those of her assailants, and the other people she encounters, and these don’t always ring true.