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It starts with you being thrown down the basement stairs and beaten to within an inch of your life, your cell phone smashed so you cannot call for help. It ends with "I'm still breathing."
In between, Sarafina Bianco reveals her journey from a loving romance to an abusive nightmare, and her eventual escape from the man who dominated and manipulated her physically and mentally. She tells her story in simple, often brutal language, but never sensationalizes the violence. In a calm, across-the-diner-table-with-coffee manner, she details the cycles of abuse and forgiveness. Describes the brainwashing, the controlling, the beatings. The blurred lines between definitions of love and definitions of acceptable behavior.
"Survivors are brainwashed. Then we have to try everything over. We don't know if we like strawberry or grape jelly. The lines blur between the abuser and victim. Are these beliefs his or mine? Maybe they're a mixture of both now. Any answer isn't real anyway, even if they were our own, we probably don't believe the same things anymore..."
It's not an easy read. You sit in nail-chewing anticipation of the unavoidable. "The House on Sunset" captures your visceral attention and demands to be finished. The book ends with Fina still breathing, but with her riveting narrative and compelling style, the reader's eyes are opened to the never-ending after effects of abuse. The book ends. The journey does not.
Released on the eve of Domestic Violence Awareness month, in the wake of recent scandals, "The House on Sunset" is not only a formidable memoir, it's a necessary one.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.
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