Day Two of Featute Week!
Originally posted on Goodreads October 23, 2014
Blurb: Lindsay Fischer was once a high school English teacher with dreams stretching far outside the classroom. When her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half cheated on her, Lindsay found herself alone, looking online for a replacement. His name was Mike.
That’s where the nightmare started.
The House on Sunset is a memoir, a collection of reminiscences, scattering the ashes of two broken homes and putting them to rest. Each chapter offers a different glimpse inside the cycle of intimate partner violence, where honeymoon phases and traumas coexist.
Everyone could fall victim to abusers. This book bravely displays the reasons a quirky, twenty-something teacher would, and did.
RATED 5/5 Stars
This book is different than most that I read, in that it actually happened. And does continue to happen to hundreds of people, though situations may vary.
This is a story about domestic abuse. About a man who came into Lindsay’s life in the way fate presents romance to characters. Only this was not a romance book, and he turned into a monster once he felt he had her in his grasp. She thought she could help him, fix him, but things got worse.
This is a book that upset me. It pissed me off because it does happen. It SHOULDN’T happen.
There’s a hard edge to these words, knowing that the emotions that are presented aren’t there to manipulate the reader, but actual genuine thought and reactions that occurred. It’s hard reading a book that you know is based on truth. It’s even harder knowing that this is a truth that gets swept up under the carpet far too many times.
The story is told in short bursts of chapters/memories. From the moment they meet, to the moment she escapes. There’s plenty of fast-forwarding throughout, but the picture is painted clearly. Her emotions during each time is exact, and her writing is so damn beautiful that you feel disgusted for being engrossed by the prose despite the content.
This is a must-read book, not for entertainment purposes, but to raise awareness that this is not something only shown in movies or with certain peoples. It can happen to anyone.