While our bodies’ defense systems are uniquely designed to protect and shield from intense hurts, sometimes the unlikeliest things can bring up feeling or fears without the person even understanding why. This is especially true if a person has lived with a fear for many years or has blocked out memories. Our bodies can become so programmed to react to something that the reaction becomes normal, even without the original stressor.
Mallory and Jake’s marriage is falling apart. Jake is constantly traveling and when he is home, Mallory is set off by the littlest things; it seems she is even repulsed by his touch. Neither Jake nor Mallory seem to care enough about their marriage or each other to take the time to figure out what is really going on, or what the root of the problem is. That is, until Mallory has a breakdown. Then the truth begins to set both of them free. The road to recovery and freedom isn’t easy, but it is worth the time and effort!
While it was a little hard to tell where the book was going, as it jumped between Mallory’s thoughts and then her and Jake’s lives both together and apart, the book really came together and made for a good read. It gave an insight that is often lacking into the world of abuse.