It is an honour and a privilege to share my review of Unbroken from Madeleine Black. I received this book as part of the Book Fairies project.
What the book is about:
For many years after that night, my memories of what happened after he held the blade to my throat and threatened my life were fragmented… difficult to piece together. It was too extreme, too violent for me to understand.
Violently gang-raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will.
Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage.
Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life. But the road to piecing her life back together was long and painful. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It is the ultimate act of courage.
In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her moving and empowering story, as she discovers that our lives are not defined by what knocks us down – they are defined by how we get back up.
For those of you who know me, you will know that I am a reader of crime fiction and psychological thrillers and these are the genres that I tend to read and review. Every now and then something happens and I have what I can only describe as a calling to step outside of that comfort zone and try something else. This is exactly what happened with Unbroken from Madeleine Black. This book has been on my radar for some time now, it has been popping up in book clubs online that I am a member of and I have also recently met Madeleine at a couple of book events we have both attended. She has never asked me to read or review her book but I have been drawn to it. So when it was given to me as part of the Book Fairy initiative then I put aside my TBR and settled down to read it. That was just after lunchtime today and I have literally just turned the last page.
It would be wrong to use the words “enjoyed” or “loved” when describing my feelings about it; from the blurb, you can see that this is not fiction, it is not an “enjoyable” nor an “easy” read. I don’t need to give you an overview of plot, themes or characters in this review, simply how it made me feel.
I have no shame in telling you that the tears were flowing down my cheeks as I came to the end of Unbroken; this is a raw yet compelling read told with a brutal honesty and frankness.
It is a powerful memoir which inspires hope, faith and courage.
It is a story which will not only break your heart but it will also show you that it is possible to pick up the pieces and build them into something so much stronger.
It is a story which gives voice, not only to the author but also to others who have gone through the same or similar.
It is a voice that needs to be heard and it is a voice that should not be silenced.
It is a story of recovery, of silencing the stigma and shame that is so often attached to those who have been victims of rape or violent sexual assault.
It is a story you must read.
Madeleine, thank you for being brave, for finding the courage to tell your story and for coming through the other side.
Madeleine’s website is Here
You can follow her on twitter @madblack65
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