Lindsay Fischer was once a high school English teacher with dreams stretching far outside the classroom. When her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half cheated on her, Lindsay found herself alone, looking online for a replacement. His name was Mike. That's where the nightmare started. The House on Sunset is a memoir, a collection of reminiscences, scattering the ashes of two broken homes and putting them to rest. Each chapter offers a different glimpse inside the cycle of intimate partner violence, where honeymoon phases and traumas coexist. Everyone could fall victim to abusers. This book bravely displays the reasons a quirky, twenty-something teacher would, and did.
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About the Author
Lindsay Fischer graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, English. An avid reader and learner, Lindsay took her passion for words into a classroom before starting a writing career. Life pulled her from the classroom, providing an opportunity to use her voice against domestic violence, blogging under the pseudonym, Sarafina Bianco, since 2009. You can find her words at survivorswillbeheard.com and speak directly to her when she hosts #domesticviolencechat on Twitter. Lindsay hopes to be an advocate for women, men and children who still live inside the nightmare of their abuse. She currently lives with her husband and three dogs, including Watson, in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite My stomach is still in a knot and my heart in my throat after I finished reading The House on Sunset, the incredible memoir by debut author Lindsay Fischer. Follow her journey through a difficult and abusive relationship, from near death at times to eventual redemption. This book is not for the faint of heart. Author Lindsay Fischer went through hell. Beatings, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, the torture from her boyfriend Mike, who was supposed to love her, put her through several circles of hell. This book is not an easy read, but it is an important one. The House on Sunset was scary and fascinating at the same time. Author Lindsay Fischer's storytelling will certainly resonate with any survivor of domestic violence, and will hopefully touch those who are still enduring this kind of treatment in their personal lives. For those without direct personal experience with abuse, this book will give them a true insider's look into what an abusive relationship, and the circumstances that make someone who is being abused stay with their abuser. Written in such a clear voice that the reader will feel as if they are with Lindsay during the worst periods of her life, this book will stay with you long after you've finished the last page. I give great credit to author Lindsay Fischer for being able to write about such an emotional time in her life. I also want to thank her for sharing what could help so many others in this situation. I highly recommend The House on Sunset, and I urge any reader to pick up and read this important book as soon as possible.
The House on Sunset is a memoir by Lindsay Fischer. From reading the blurb, I knew this would most likely trigger some rage in me and I definitely wasn't wrong. I was unprepared for the stark honesty within this volume. I can't imagine the strength it takes to lay all your secrets- your worst moments and remembrances- out for public consumption. I applaud Ms. Fischer for her bravery and candid narrative. I can't say I enjoyed this book so much as I feel I survived it. It was beautifully written but this is someone's real life horror story. And that's not something you can forget while you read about how this amazing woman was broken down into tiny pieces and forced to live under a tyrant who tore her down under the guise of loving her. Honest and gritty, this is a harrowing tale of abuse and survival and one woman's journey to regaining her freedom. I highly recommend it.
The House On Sunset is worth the read. It takes you down the path of domestic violence. Page by page the author shares her accounts of the abuser, Mike, using power and control. It describes the tactics he used including but not limited to coercion and threats. This book is above and beyond captivating. I completed the first chapter and could not finish the book in its entirety until I knew she was indeed a survivor. The author took her teaching and writing skills and crafted a book that can both help educate and unsilence the violence.
Fischer's narrative weaves details of Sarafina's personal life including her story of being torn between two careers she loves-teaching and writing. In the midst of her professional turmoil, Sarafina begins a budding relationship with Mike. My skepticism in the beginning of the book turned into understanding as Sarafina falls for Mike. Fischer eloquently deceives readers by making Mike seem like the perfect gentleman for Sarafina. He possesses confidence, charm, and charisma with a beautiful physique. Before I knew it, I was falling for Mike along with Sarafina. He even supports her when she leaves her teaching career to pursue writing. The first verbal and physical lashings from Mike shock readers just as much as the protaganist. How can this be the same Mike from earlier in the book?! The nightmare continues for pages as readers grapple with downward spiral that becomes Sarafina's life. I cherish the perspective Fischer provides on what it is like being in an abusive relationship. Fischer's writing corrected my misconceptions about domestic violence, but without admonishment. As one that has not experienced domestic abuse personally, I will be forever grateful for the raw, emotionally-charged narrative that taught me the many facets of abuse.
To the point with truth and consistancy of abusive relationships. The memoir does not sugar coat the raw emotional side of love and abuse. This book is on point with so many emotions that show a side of someone you desperately want to trust and the arduous task of letting that go and realize the need to protect your own safety and those you love. What really struck me with this book is the textbook description of abuse and living through it during the read. I recommend it to anyone, whether you have gone through abuse or not.