Rebecca has simple dreams. A promotion. Children. A happy marriage. But can she have it with Mitch? Though she carefully keeps secrets to guard her safety, her marriage to Mitch, a successful doctor, is brutal, and his abuse is escalating. A promotion at the bank could be the answer to her prayers, but Mitch has different plans for her life. Ultimately, Rebecca must face her own inner demons before she can act. Will she be able to find her former, stronger self before Mitch destroys her completely? Testimonials “I love this book. I think the way Katelin Maloney has written it speaks to many, many women.” Denise Brown, Domestic Violence Advocate “Drowning is a page turner! It powerfully reveals the brainwashing effects of verbal abuse, the destruction of consciousness, and the confusion an abusive relationship generates. It is a groundbreaking novel.” Patricia Evans, author, The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Controlling People and more
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I enjoyed the book, it was intense and sad all at the same time. I wish it would have ended differently. I will be ready more from this author.
This book should be required reading for all young women. If you have seen any tendencies like Mitch in your partner, this book will help you see where it leads. Rebecca is in a cycle of hope - the next big milestone will be when Mitch starts acting like he did back at the beginning - until he doesn’t. “Mitch seems to know when I am at my breaking point,” Rebecca thinks to herself, “He becomes the man I thought I’d married and pulls me back to him.”. It breaks my heart to think of friends stuck in these horrible circumstances. Domestic Violence is WAY TOO COMMON and it needs to stop. For all the fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and friends of DV victims or suspected victims, read this book. It will help you understand what she’s going through, and it will help you understand what to look for. The writing is clear as a bell. While the content is all cringe-worthy all the time, Maloney’s prose is smooth, unaffected, honest. She writes about laundry, a scene at a restaurant, and because the danger knob is turned up so high, I am completely engaged. I am there with every fold, every forkful. Mitch is menacing. The unrelenting stress Rebecca feels is sickening. The author has painted a vivid and vibrant picture of how life looks when you are stuck in a situation that has gotten out of control. With this book, Katelin Maloney has put a dent in the fiction created in order to weaken and control women.
True to form and storyline of spousal abuse.
This is a powerful story about the dynamics of an abusive relationship. The reader is led into Rebecca's inner world, seeing people and events as Rebecca sees them. But the reader is also aware that there is something terribly wrong, and as the story progresses, Katelin Maloney skillfully reveals why Rebecca "doesn't just leave" as well as Mitch's skillfulness in the forging of the traumatic bond. There is a subtle undercurrent of resentment that the reader is allowed to see in Rebecca, as well as the mechanisms she uses to push it back under, back to a safer place. Of particular interest and appeal to me are the dream sequences which Katelin has scattered throughout the novel. As the pace quickens like a steadily increasing heartbeat towards the novel's powerful ending, it was as if I was almost transported to the scenes depicted, an incredulous bystander and witness to the action. Kudos, Katelin, for bringing awareness to this issue, effectively de-coding the compelling psychological tools that abusers such as Mitch wield with such force.