Raw, honest and relentless, Alicia’s debut novel is a heartbreaking and uplifting journey into one woman’s battle with clinical depression. Drawing on her experience as a clinical psychologist, Alicia has created a compelling portrait of what life looks like through the eyes of someone whose actions may otherwise appear inexplicable.
|Publisher:||Five Rivers Publishing|
|File size:||845 KB|
About the Author
A Guelph native, Alicia Hendley is a PhD in clinical psychology, and when not writing is a psychologist in the counselling centre at the University of Waterloo where she primarily works with young adults.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a beautifully written book, a memoir of sorts about a woman living with major depression. It can be a little boring at times, since it's basically a diary of her life and her experiences in her personal relationships, but it remains compelling enough to finish to the end. The writer is truly gifted, and the use of metaphor and figurative language throughout is excellent, but the dialogue tends to fall a bit flat. Overall, a pretty good read, especially for those with an interest in what it's like to live with depression or mental health issues.
I reviewed this book as part of Librarything's Early Reviewer Program.This is one of the most unique pieces of fiction that I have ever read. It reads very much like a memoir and is exceptionally well-written and easy to read. The suthor uses her extensive knowledge of psychology to craft a compelling story about a woman's lifelong struggle with depression. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book, which gave me great insight into many of the possible manifestations of depression. The author was able to weave together common themes and stresses (broken families, suicide attempts, postpartum depression) that sufferers experience in their lives, thereby educating while entertaining. A very good debut work by Alicia Hendley.
After suffering for depression for many years myself, it was an enlightening journey into what I have experience, what many others have experienced, and what many more will. Very eye-opening to see how such subtle things can rock the balance between sanity and spiraling mental devastation with the only hope lying in the form of a small pilll.
An excellent read that realistically portrays the inner torments of major depression. The use of flashback scenes were incredibly important to character development, and the transitions between the present and past was done so that there was no confusion, something that I find is difficult to do.