Note the author provided me with a pdf copy of the book for review, the opinion of the publication is my own personal view
When I got this book to review I was expecting something quite different in terms of format and layout, this isn't a normal book as such there is no extended account or in depth details of the author's struggle and suffering in multiple chapters, there are no diary dates or entries. Each page has a heading and a section under it written as a poem would be.
Initially I wondered if this would be able to convey the authors message effectively, some sections are quite short and some are a little longer but this is not a high word count book. But when the words are written the impact is undeniable and poignant leaving a lasting impression for the reader. Poetry is normally something we associate with beauty and in this book there are moments of pain and anguish that conflict with this but it is also a form of expression for many writers.
The author manages to achieve a difficult task and that is to not only portray her feelings, but to make the reader think and feel about the problems of domestic violence the feeling is one of empathy but it also impacts in many other ways. It was difficult to read some sections but strangely it grips you and won't let go. I've read this many times over and it's one of the most outstanding, pure and honest sections of poetry I've read. There may be fewer words in this book than others, but these are delivered with a potent force in a way which imprints on the reader.
This might not be for everyone if you want a long diary account of domestic violence then this won't meet that need, if you want something that won't be forgotten then this is the one to look at. A successful poem in my view is one which makes the reader feel emotion and this achieves that goal. A big message delivered in short bite sized words it is rare for a poem to move a reader to such emotion, yet this one did. A powerful piece of work