To say this tale is dark is like saying the river is wet. With virtually no dialogue, it paints an almost psychotic picture that seems to grab the reader on a visceral level.
The main protagonist is a strange mixture of demon and saint, but the underlying themes are solid and affirmative. Caring for others should be one of the basic tenets of our lives, and this story shows that unequivocally.
Skirting along the edge of sanity, I wouldn't recommend the reading of Adopted Family to anyone who suffers depression, but if you can cope with the violence and suffering it portrays, reading this story could well make you a better person. You might even understand how abuse can breed abuse, and love can make a difference.
Adopted Family is not for the faint hearted, but is an emotional read that should not be missed. Don't just read it, but add it to your library and read it again, and again.