I was reading a really good book last week but it was just too detailed for summer. So I did what every resourceful book extrovert does, I went to my “go to” book geeks at work and called an emergency meeting.
I need help, find me something that will keep me interested even with my loud summer background noise. You know the sounds: kids swimming, boys fishing, men swilling beer, and the ladies giggling over bottles of wine. My book geeks saved me.
We found a book that I literally read in 48 hours. It is called “If I Am Missing or Dead” by Janine Latus. It is a book written by the sister of a woman who was killed at the hands of her boyfriend. However, the sister who wrote it, Janine, was also in an emotionally abusive relationship with her husband.
Janine is a writer and so the book is well constructed and follows the parallel path of her own abuse at the hands of her handsome, fit and wealthy husband. She describes a life that was difficult for her but that may have looked ideal from an outsider’s point of view. It included breast augmentation and tropical vacations but also screaming, insults and emotional terror.
She pieces together what she saw of her sister’s relationship and tells the sad story of her sister, Amy, who just couldn’t seem to find the right man or relationship.
As I was reading this book (at all hours of the day and night), MY sister called me. She was stuck and looking for a book that she could read with HER background summer noise. I recommended this to her and she is hooked and already about halfway done.
I highly, highly recommend this book. It’s interesting and well written and will keep your attention. It will open up great discussions about what makes a healthy relationship.
Oh, no! It’s time for me to get back in touch with my book geeks….I need another summer read, and FAST!