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Out of the Dark Paperback – 19 May 2016
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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)
"An absorbing story that would make a chlling movie" (Kirkus)
The powerful classic has been repackaged for new readers. Out of the Dark is a compelling psychological detective story to discover the dark heart of one woman's past.See all Product description
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INCREDIBLE PERSON, INCREDIBLE LIFE, INCREDIBLE FAITH!
This is the story of my sister’s life...about a quarter of it...so 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.Read more ›
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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The logic is surely flawless. In order to fix anything – or anyone – we look for the root cause of the problem. Then we isolate the cause. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J McMurdo
Amazing what one person can go through! Inspirational! I enjoyed how it was written from two people perspective! Enjoy it.Published 14 months ago by lee lanterme
This was one of the most difficult books I ever read in terms of the level of my emotional investment. Read morePublished 18 months ago by twixi123
Love this book have given out so many copies the story is do similar to minePublished 22 months ago by Lorraine Thackray
The was a compelling read. Although the events it describes are extreme, looked at from my perspective, they capture much of my experience of depression. Read morePublished 22 months ago by MacI
Amazing true life story of a person with a painful past. Love the dual narrative from the specialists viewpoint then The author's perception. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2015 by G
Dr Robin Royston was a genuinely nice guy and the care for his clients shone through this book. His approaches were innovative and sometimes challenged conventional ways of... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2015 by Mrs J
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