Sunday, July 26, 2009

Surviving A House Full of Whispers

Have you ever known one of those people that just can't ever seem to catch a break? In "Surviving a House Full of Whispers", Sharon is just that person. Her young life was startled by physical and sexual abuse from a stepfather and although she had the courage to escape, the fear never left. Her fear chased her as her life went on-from living on the streets to the comfort of her own home among her husband and children. Eventually Sharon seems to escape the fear and break out into her own, yet life keeps throwing bumps in the road that just never give her a moment to be happy and really enjoy a true peace.

The book is written in a way that seems the reader is watching Sharon on her journey, rather than reading about it. I think the writing has an erratic quality, but it works. It works as it makes her story more real to the reader. My body felt erratic as I read it-the words transformed that feeling where I was nervous, excited, angry, and fighting to get in there and help her. I haven't been that affected by the power of a story in a long time. I would recommend this selection to everyone as it shows a person that suffered and made a life her own, while still struggling every day. I have to say that I was more than delighted as there will be a sequel that chronicles the next stages of her life.

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