Review: Redeeming Kinsley
Posted by Ana Mardoll at Friday, March 04, 2011 Edit
by Pamela Paras
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Redeeming Kinsley / B003CV7R78
After Kinsley has spent too much of her life in a relationship with an abusive, duplicitous man, she sinks into a depression that eventually leads to a suicide attempt. As she tries to piece together the shards of her life, she must cope with her feelings of guilt and betrayal for the abortion she felt coerced into.
Although this is not my 'usual' kind of story, I can heartedly attest to the fact that this excerpt is compellingly and intensely written. Kinsley's depression from her abusive relationship is deeply visceral, and the reader is almost overwhelmed by her pain and emotion as she struggles to cope in the aftermath of her abuse. The writing, apart from some minor editing for grammar, is tight and compelling, and the pacing is exemplary - I especially like that the story unfolds through visits with her therapist, a story-telling technique that gives the reader the necessary (and vivid) backstory without any delays.
I'm not sure that I can honestly say that I would *want* to read more, but I do think I can say that I feel I *need* to read more, if that makes sense. Compelling stories aren't always pretty, but that doesn't make them less compelling.
NOTE: This review is based on a sample excerpt of this book provided through the ABNA contest.
~ Ana Mardoll
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