In the Stillness

In the Stillness

by Andrea Randall
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In the Stillness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am finding it hard to review this book and to do so fairly. It is very well written. The author manages to immerse you into the conflicting emotions of the heroine and her fight to overcome her most negative feelings for herself, her husband and her kids. All this is intertwined with accounts of her past, deeply in love with Ryker and then their downfall upon his return from Afganistan. Unfortunately, it was hard for me to connect with her character for over half of the book because of how self-centered some of her actions and emotions were. She was fragile and unstable, I get that. What it took me time to process was her jealousy of her husband, hate of being a mother and playing the victim in situations in which she should have chosen self-accountability. It was disturbing. As the story moves past the first half, there is more context to begin to place her emotions and she also seems to get more of a backbone and self-responsability. I appreciated that. It was getting on my nerves that she was blaming everybody else but herself for her life. Also, the end was a little flat; could have been better. Still it is a different type of book that does not shy away from discussing the struggles of mental conditions such as depression, self-mutilation and PTSD. For that alone, it is worth reading it.
kpatt More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the honesty of this book. It was hard to read at times for that reason, but so worth the journey.
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
Such a raw emotional read with a powerful message. This book is very eye opening to cutting, the effects of what War does to a soldier, and PTSD. These topics are all very heavy but prevalent in our society. I love how Andrea wove her story while informing the readers. Definitely go into this book knowing that it is a very emotional read but worth the tears you shed while reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once i started re ading i couldn't put it down...had it read in 4 days.
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JennRG More than 1 year ago
This was a very powerful book. When I'd have to put it down because of life it would stay with me until I picked it up again. As a mother I was able to relate to Natalie in her life. I felt her pain and sorrow and was happy when she was happy. I felt the angst in my stomach as well as the relief. You don't have to relate to Natalie to read this book. Reading this book takes you on a journey that all women should experience. I absolutely loved it.
AnneR24 More than 1 year ago
I've always prided myself on my honesty when I review, and I'm going to do the same right now. I'm not going to lie. When I started reading the book, I thought Natalie was a selfish b*tch. I didn't like her  very much, how she treated Eric, because it seemed as if he truly loved her. Anyway... I didn't feel that  way after a while, as I started to understand the "why" of what she was feeling. The emotions within this book... George and Marion... Bill... Ryker. I really felt it, I mean FELT it. I could feel her pain, her fear, her gentle healing. And as I was reading toward the end, I kept thinking "who says you can't go home"... after all home is where the heart is and the heart is filled with love. Wonderful story and I'm looking forward to more reads from Ms. Randall.
Blamjam More than 1 year ago
Natalie is a wife. Natalie is a mother. Natalie is a cutter. Ummmm it should say Natalie is a hot mess. Girlfriend has more than her fair share of demons haunting her. Her broken marriage, the children she did not want, the degree she didn't get and the love that she lost. Ryker was the "one that got away". An unwanted pregnancy led her to a marriage to Eric she did not want and it seemed slowly over time her life was spiraling out of control until she made that cut. The cut she needed for control, for power, for the release of the pain and guilt trapped inside. This book helped me look in to the thought process of just why someone would cut. It makes you understand perfectly when she explained that some people drink, some people over eat, some do drugs, but Natalie cut and she believed it was the one thing she was good at. The story of Ryker, Natalie and Eric is a complicated one that jumps back and forth from past to present, but it is not confusing and flows nicely more like flashbacks. It was heavy subject matter, but well written. Sometimes we truly do have to listen to our hearts even when they are being shattered in to pieces.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good.....I could not put it down. I love Nat and her story of struggle and serviving. Ryker was amazing as well. My favorite part of the book is when Ryker sends Nat flowers and a birthday gift to her twin boys. What he wrote in the book was so true and loving. This is a def a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is very well written story about the struggle of depression and a girl who is dealing with self mutilation. Even though this story is intense and emotional, there is a beautiful love story there also. 5 stars!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very emotional very intense i felt like i was reading exactly what i feel inside my head having experience with self-harm everything that was written about her feelings was how i feel but could never find the words i will never forget this book thank you for letting us into your mind and heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a roller coaster and pulled every emotion I have out of me. I highly recommend this book & have encouraged all my friends to enjoy it. I even managed to get my book club to read it so I have a reason to re-read this amazing book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Natalie is a wife. Natalie is a mother. Natalie is a cutter. This is a story beyond those three descriptive character traits as mentioned above, its about ones journey through love, grief, and regret. But above all its about second chances at love that is so consuming it takes your breath away. We are introduced to Natalie Collins, a woman that is so consumed with grief and regret, that she decides to take matters into her own hands. The story fluctuates between past and present to give you an illustration of what had transpired over the years. Natalie meets Ryker Manning her freshman year at college, and is quickly swept off her feet. But what neither expects is Ryker being yanked to serve in Afghanistan after the horrific 9/11 catastrophe. But to everyone's surprise Ryker comes back from the war suffering PTSD, in which no one is capable of handling or helping. This among other events spiral this once beautiful happy couple into a disaster of violence and sadness. Which ultimately leads to Natalie cutting all ties with Ryker.. Fast forward to ten years, and Natalie is now a wife, mother, and cutter. Natalie is unsatisfied with her life as a mom, and wife, and quickly spirals into a world of depression, cutting, and mood swings. She must find a means to this hell she lives in. So we are thrusted into her journey of self healing, forgiveness, and perseverance. We are given the opportunity to see both Natalie & Ryker grow and heal through their love for one another. But nothing comes easily, and they suffer immensely through their actions & words. I must admit, this book was beautifully written, and I could easily envision Natalie & Ryker's story in my mind with each passing page. In The Stillness, has ALMOST every element we look for in a book. It has LOVE, DRAMA, and angst. For the first 70% of the book, it was UN-PUT-DOWNABLE I appreciated the fact that the heroine is in her early thirties..(SOMETHING WE DON"T SEE OFTEN) Unfortunately, it lost some of that steam towards the end. I would highly recommend this book.
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JLK73 More than 1 year ago
Can not put into words how great this book is!! Loved every word of it....
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Loved this