Monday, October 21, 2013
BOOK REVIEW: "Disconnected" by Lisa Calell
"All this pain/Take this life and make it yours/All this hate/Take your heart and let it love again"--Adam W. Gontier
PTSD is a severe form of mental illness, making the sufferer disconnect from the world around them due to the lingering effects of a traumatic incident. It is most common in war veterans, but in Lisa Calell's novel Disconnected, she tells a heartbreaking and simultaneously terrifying story about Katie, a married writer who suffered unspeakable atrocities at the hands of a young man she trusted when she was sixteen.
Her family thought that she ran away, but in truth, between age sixteen and age eighteen, Casey was holding her captive, raping her every day.
When she got away she ran and made a new live for herself, but nothing was normal. Katie can't cry, and she can't tell her husband that she loves him because she doesn't feel real emotions anymore.
The past suddenly starts to come back, and now Katie has to face her demons...but will she and her husband survive?
In a story filled with deep emotion, danger and mystery, the reader will feel everything that goes through Katie's mind as she tries to come to grips with her past. You will understand her frustration and her fear.
For those readers who suffer from PTSD for any reason, as I do, you will enjoy reading about the familiar subject and reading about overcoming it.
I also loved the devotion between Katie and her husband, Chris. Throughout the dark story, their love shines like a beacon in the night.
The characters are realistic, the story is believable and well-written and Lisa Calell leaves us with a cliffhanger until December, when Reconnected, the sequel, is supposed to come out.
Great book overall and I can't wait for the sequel!--4/5
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