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Friday, 24 May 2013

In the Stillness

***5 Heartbreaking, Wonderful Stars***

In The Stillness

Natalie is a wife.
Natalie is a mother.
Natalie is a cutter.

Clawing at walls built by resentment, regret, and guilt, Natalie cuts as an escape from a life she never planned.

Staying present is only possible when you let go of the past. But, what if the past won't let go?

This is one of those "Oh I'm not sure that will be my cup of tea / The storyline seems a bit dark / I dont deal well with reading about self harm / I'll put it to the bottom of my pile" books.

Well Ladies and Gents - THINK AGAIN! This books is absolutely stunning. It broke my heart in many places, but put it back together again in others.

Natalie self harms - there is no getting away from this. She uses razor blades to slice her skin until she bleeds. That is tough to read - but you will understand why she does it. She is numb to the pain, as the reader becomes numb to the grit and horror of reading about someone who wants to do this to themselves. GET PAST IT PEOPLE - the story is so much more than just self harm, it is a mere speck in this beautiful story.

Put this to the top of your reading list - you will be hooked from the first line...

I exist. Right?

Favourite Quotes:

“Heroes don’t always wear capes, badges, or uniforms. Sometimes, they support those who do.”

“You two had something special – it’s the circumstances that were shitty.”

“His body came home, but his soul had been devoured in the firefight of a godless desert.”

“They took his soul over there, fuckers, and left me with the breathing carcass.”

“Change never comes slowly, brewing on the horizon. It's always in a second. Balanced on the rip of a razor blade, in empty pill bottles, behind two pink lines, or learning that one of your children is slowly slipping into a world of silence.”

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