Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’. She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business. It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.
After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?
A book that deals with domestic abuse isn’t going to be an easy read, it’s a subject that is both emotive and disturbing but the author deals with the subject in a sensitive manner, this is a lady who has drawn on her own personal experience to highlight a difficult subject. This is a fairly short book at a 134 pages, but it’s long enough for the author to deliver on both the plot and characters. Rose lives with her abusive and controlling husband Darren, trapped in a marriage that offers nothing but fear and dread.
Domestic abuse is something a lot of people can’t understand but Isolation Junction paints a vivid and very believable picture of how someone is left feeling completely isolated. Darren manages to control every aspect of Rose’s life who she see’s, what she does, even controlling their finances, such power leaves Rose estranged from family and friends and highlights the insidious nature of abuse which leaves the victim unable to ask for help or voice their fear.
Rose can think of a 100 reasons to leave and a 1,000 reasons to stay in a relationship that is destroying her, it’s only when Rose finds herself thrown out of the marital home, alone and helpless she begins the journey to discover her own identity, with the help of Tim, Rose begins to think that it could be possible for for both her and her young children to live a far happier life, one that is free from abuse.
Interestingly the story is told from Ruth’s point of view, but her abusive life with Darren is told in the third person, an unusual style for this type of read, but it works as it feels like you are reading about two people “the Rose who was abused” and “the Rose that got away”. Although the book focuses mainly on mental abuse, it doesn’t make it any easier to read, it’s a very credible and emotive read.
Isolation Junction shows that there can be life after abuse, that a woman finding herself in a similar situation deserves to be valued. For me a book that raises awareness of hidden and unseen abuse has to be a good thing, I also feel it’s a book that will hopefully empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and to find the confidence to change their life’s for the better. Although the subject of this book could be a depressing read I found it to be enlightening and more importantly offering hope to others who maybe in a similar situation
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
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Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (22 Sept. 2016)