Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Review: The House on Sunset by Lindsay Fischer



The House on Sunset
By Lindsay Fischer
Genre: Memoir

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.

My Review

I was eager to read this book because I am a survivor of domestic violence. I found myself in a relationship hell for one year. Survivor stories are important to me for two reasons. I personally need to read them. Some survivors choose not to, but it helps me. The second reason is because I think it sheds light for people who have no experience with domestic violence. Perhaps they can gain some insight from the victim's perspective and be more compassionate. Some people think shaming is a way to "wake women up" from the nightmare, but they don't realize that we carry shame with us daily in those moments.

Back to the book. The House on Sunset is well written. Lindsay is easily able to convey who she was prior to getting involved with her abuser and how he broke her down both mentally and physically. She also shows readers the reality of escaping. It's a long process. You usually take them back before leaving for good and others will never understand if they've never been there.

I appreciate her honesty and transparency while sharing her story. It was heartwarming to see her support system amid the madness. The ending is perfect.

Author Bio



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.

Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/survivorswillbeheard
Twitter: 
@LinsFischer
Author Site: 
survivorswillbeheard.com

Instagram: @lindsaycapo

Available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1QPucX0

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