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Out of the Dark [Hardcover]

Linda Caine , Robin Royston
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1 April 2003
This is the story of Linda Caine's descent into madness and her battle to find a way out. After suffering a massive psychological breakdown she reviews her life from a room in a private mental hospital. And with the help of psychotherapist Robin Royston, she searches for clues that might explain why she so desperately wants to die. And discovers that even in her orderly life, nothing is as it seems, nobody is above suspicion.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593047346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593047347
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,084,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A truly remarkable tale of a woman whose fears and depression threaten her life, and it is told by her and the psychotherapist who treated her. Linda has an enviable lifestyle, with a devoted (second) husband, two children, a boy and a girl. They have ample money (Linda's husband is a lawyer), and all seems well until Linda is overcome by fears which drive her almost to suicide. Indeed, death seems a welcome way out of her misery. She starts treatment with Dr Royston, and realises that the secrets of her childhood and adolescence in Africa lie at the heart of her problems, and are buried deep in her mind. Uncovering the past is full of trauma, and it makes a riveting story which captivates from start to finish.

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A compelling psychological detective story to discover the dark heart of one woman's past. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
REVIEW OF “Out of the Dark” by Linda Caine and Robin Royston
This is the story of my sister’s life...about a quarter of much had to be left out for printing purposes, and it’s a great pity. This book, however, gives the gist of her life and, of course, the core is about her breakdown, repressed memories surfacing, and her triumphant conquest of the evil which had oppressed her all her life.
I read the first very short draft about 5 years ago and through the long and, at times, very painful birth of this book, I have adamantly refused to read another word: I wanted to read the finished product with the eyes of a newcomer to the story.
Although I have known of Linda's pain-filled life, the writings hit me below the belt: I cried, whimpered and sobbed many times, and then thanked God for bringing her through her trials, battered and bruised, but WHOLE for the first time in her life. Our family will forever be in Robin's debt for his recognition of the reality of Linda's situation, the danger she was in and the determination to bring her through it and not take the easy way out by medicating her into oblivion. As he said, this would have sublimed the very real evil for a while, but it would eventually emerge again and possibly have a greater hold.
Knowing what a very difficult book this was to write and edit, I am delighted in how it turned out: the prose style is easy for a reader to follow and absorb, with everything explained in layman's terms, and Linda's and Robin's narratives flow smoothly into each other.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It willl surprise you... 9 July 2004
I'm not very good at writing descriptively so bear with me, nor am I very good at reading... which is why I was bowled over and amazed by this book and the fact that I wasn't satisfied until I had finished it. It's not an easy read- content wise- there were times when I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue- but even when I was in floods of tears reading the final sections on Gatwick Express train... I was glad that I had. Please don't be put off by the difficult topics it covers... it is a remarkable and moving story that I would recommend anyone to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two views, one (recovered) story 25 Jun 2006
This is a fascinating book and its strength lies in the fact that there are two people expressing their thoughts and recollections; one a woman plagued by depression and flashbacks, the other a psychotherapist trying to help her.

The one thing that is missing from the book, and perhaps this is to do with the editing, is that we never get to the bottom of Linda's flashbacks involving being held under water; this is the flashback that is the catalyst for her descent into depression and therapy, but is ultimately the memory that is least explored.

Linda's descriptions of disassociation and self harm are helpful for anyone trying to understand what these experiences may feel like or achieve by way of allievating or switching off mental/emotional distress.

The photographs are helpful as unlike many other true stories about people coming to terms with abuse, the images of Linda as a child firmly place control of the text in the hands of the author and are jarring freeze-frames of smiles and happy times that show not a hint of what was going on underneath.

A powerful and humane read, well worth sticking with to the end despite the difficult and painful contents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful - unforgetable 3 May 2003
Once I started reading this book I became engrossed in Linda's life and what she was going through, like Dr Royston said to her about being on a goat path and not knowing where it is leading them to, I felt I was going through along it with them.
Linda has had the most traumatic and fascinating life, for personal reasons I can relate to a lot of it and feel that many people will be able to relate some parts of her life to their own, especially anyone that has struggled with any kind of depression or problems in their life.
It is not a book I will forget easily as I did become so engrossed in it. I think it was written outstandingly and will become a very talked about book. I honestly cannot recommend it enough to anyone who has suffered from, or knows someone who suffers from depression. Or anyone who is intrested in or is studying the mind.
Even if you do not qualify for any of the above and just want a really unputdownable read buy it now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out of the dark 21 Jun 2004
This is a profoundly moving book that takes you on rollercoaster of a journey the outcome of which cannot be predicted. When the very core of your being has been abused there can be no certain future and often the abused seek to hurt or end their lives even when the outside trappings all seem so well. What you need when you tear away those trappings or find them no longer able to support you, is a guide who will console you and wisely allow you to descent into the darkness and identify the abuser. Then slowly, allowing for relapses and your every mood, stay with you until you gain your new identity, untarnished by evil. All this the book covers so sensitively. It is an outstanding work of compassion and shows that a committed therapist can not only save a life, he can enrich it. Dr Robin Royston is such a therapist. He deserves our admiration.
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Published 1 month ago by Janie
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and inspiring read!
My wife and I have both read 'Out of the Dark' and we found it a hugely compelling read. In some places the scenes of self-harm and endless 'leaping' become a bit unbearable, and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew de Berry
1.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down from book club!
This book was another book club choice and everyone hated it.

We don't mind books with a dark storyline, even those where there appears to be no light at the end of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars What a storyteller was laughing at one page and in floods of tears the...
Awesome story line this has to be one of the best book I have ever read will make I laugh and cry soo moving
Published 16 months ago by Kez
5.0 out of 5 stars Can not praise this enough
I read this book about 6 years ago, it's funny, upsetting, and fantastic, it's been bought for my friends that enjoyed it's a must read.
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by too young for a book club?
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This book gives a good insight into what it is to live with depression. Well worth reading for anybody whose life has been touched by mental illness in anyway, carers and sufferers... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by H
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener to mental illness
This is a real eye-opener to mental illness through the account of both doctor and patient written in diary form. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Marissa
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totally amazing story and insiring how you can overcome anything with support, faith and determination. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by amj
I have just finished reading this and regardless of the negative reviews of this,i actually think it's well written.
I didn't think it would capture my interest,but it did. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by BAZ316
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Dark
I could not put this book down! It's has taught me so much about the darkness of depression that an academic book could never do. Truely educating. Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by buster
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