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Life Discarded by [Haggerty, D.E.]
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"This is a chick-lit crime thriller with all the trimmings, and author D.E.Haggerty knows how to reel in her reader with well-crafted characters and relationships before dishing the action a little at a time. Those who enjoy a solid female cast with intelligence and attitude, and not to mention some seriously dark and sexy menfolk will enjoy this rollicking domestic drama with a twist." ~ Self-Publishing Review

About the Author

I was born and raised in Wisconsin but think I’m a European (a cloggy to be exact). After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. After high school I returned to the U.S. to attend college ending up with a Bachelor’s degree in History at the tender age of 20 while still managing to spend time bouncing back and forth to Europe during my vacations. Unable to find a job after college and still suffering from wanderlust, I joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policewoman for 5 years. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, I met my future husband, a flying Dutchman. After being given my freedom from the Army, I went off to law school. I finished law school and moved to the Netherlands with my husband and became a commercial lawyer for more than a decade. When I could no longer handle the law, we upped stakes and moved to Germany to start a B&B. Three years after starting the B&B, I got the itch to try something else and decided to return to one of my first loves: writing. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, reading and playing lawyer part-time, I write novels and poetry, blog about everything under the sun and review books.

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  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MQK8L2G
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I only gave it three stars because the writer needs to work on some things. Like dialogue. BUT the story line itself is pretty good. A little confusion with the characters about how they suddenly change their feelings. I hated the ending but how many movies do u watch to the end to be disappointed. Good read
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I find myself torn by this book. On the one hand DE Haggerty is to be congratulated on her forensic portrayal of the abusive marriage. Daniel's attitude to his wife balances possessiveness and protectiveness perfectly so it is easy for his wife to be able to misinterpret the former as the latter. While the wife feels precious and looked-after (if a little rigorously)her friends see that she is being suffocated and controlled. She reads his outbursts of anger and jealousy as evidence only of her own failings to be a good enough wife. It is only when she uncovers evidence of even darker, more sinister behaviours on his part that she finally accepts his malevolent influence on her own life. I felt this was a shame as the comparison makes the marital abuses seem less significant.
While the explosive beginning and end did add drama, I couldn't understand the need for the resolution which the heroine chooses. However, to say more would spoil the plot for others.
The book focusses on a small cast of characters, giving the narrative a pleasing tightness. The portrayal of modern-day thirty somethings as they live, work and play is convincing.
Where I felt the book did not satisfy was in its language, which is thin and lack-lustre. While it could be argued that the unadorned, simplistic narrative style aided the book's pace and drama, I found that its lack of substance translated to the emotional content of the book. I found this similarly shallow, with a narrow range of expression (much eye-rolling, sighing and shrugging). Some of the dialogue was stilted and the use of italics for 'flash-back' episodes was a clumsy technique. This and the constant mis-use of 'jealous' for 'envious' and 'breathe' for 'breath' also irked after a time.
The subject matter of Life Discarded is serious and sadly relevant and the writer clearly has a firm grip on the anatomy and psychology of emotional abuse within marriage. However I felt that her literary style failed to do it justice.
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Life Discarded is the tale of Morgan, a woman who believed that her fairy tale romance with her new husband would lead to a happily ever after. However, shortly after her wedding she learns the truth about her husband, but not before suffering constant emotional and physical turmoil.

Dena Haggerty’s Life Discarded dissects the deep seeded issues associated with emotional and mental abuse, and how it can unravel even the most innocent of people and cause them to do things they would never imagine. It also goes a step beyond and adds a layer of intrigue with its suspenseful subplot of a serial rapist on the loose that targets women that resemble our protagonist, Morgan.

Instantly gripping, Life Discarded is an intimate look at Morgan and her secretive husband, Daniel. The story also flashes a brief spotlight on the supporting cast, Ellie and Eric, the best friends of the main characters. While some of Daniel’s actions are far beyond the normal range of emotion and reactions to Morgan’s innocent inquiries and concerns, the reader quickly discovers that there is something not right about him. Nonetheless, this can be attributed to his unstable, somewhat maniacal psyche. With this in mind, one may suspend their level of disbelief and be mindful that many of Daniel’s actions are over the top because he is not a normal person.

The point of the story is to further add to this fact.

Morgan is the extreme opposite of the spectrum. Calm, docile, naïve, and blind to the reality of her husband’s actions. It takes her Ellie, Eric, and a co-worker to constantly take care of her and ultimately show her just how dire her situation is.

Despite the minute flaws of the story and its characters, the reader will find themselves sucked into their world.
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This is an awesome book. Thank you. It is a well written portrayal of abused wife syndrome. It is a gripping and well written story. Hopefully, it will help women who are in this situation reach out for help. Thank you for this gift of insight into emotional abuse and how destructive denial can be. I hope women in similar situations will recognize themselves as the main character. No one should have to suffer such trauma.
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Life Discarded tackles a very difficult to read subject matter and does it really well. We are thrown into a world of an abusive marriage and all the ripple effect that it has on those in the circle around it. This is a book that does not hold back on difficult scenes and situations, it's got a rawness that is necessary to make the book have the required impact.

The very start of the book is quite dramatic, it then quickly switches back in time, I was waiting for the end of the book to link directly to the opening scenes, but it didn't quite do that. So I was left a bit unclear on the event that occurs early on and what next. Slightly disjointed from the main book. A small observation and criticism.

We then kick into the main plot of the book after this...

Morgan and Daniel are newlyweds, I had my spider senses tingling early in the book when Daniel states that Morgan is all his now after they are pronounced man and wife at the altar. I was thinking "uh-oh, this guy is possessive and creepy", I was right.

The books follows their marriage over years, and with each year more and more of the subtle and then obvious abuse is revealed, like many abused wives initially Morgan seems clueless that it is indeed abuse, ignoring gut feelings and warnings from friends (best friend Ellie) and concerned family members. She makes excuses for Daniel's jealousy, anger, controlling ways and verbal and emotional abusive outbursts.

Many think domestic abuse is physical, this book tackles the fact that there are other forms of abuse that are equally as damaging to the soul, psyche and core of a person. Verbal and emotional abuse is awful and leaves scars, changes the victim - as indeed it does Morgan.
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