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Out of the Dark Paperback – 12 Apr 2004
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"'Reads like a psychological detective story...Linda's passage back to health and sanity makes for compulsive reading'" (Mail on Sunday)
A compelling psychological detective story to discover the dark heart of one woman's past.See all Product description
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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.
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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