Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for a review but my review is my complete honest opinion
Before reading, I thought this book was an interesting concept as I had never previously read any books on this topic even though I know it has been spoken about before in books. I believe this gave me a fresh way of looking at the book as it meant I wasn’t coming in with already thought up comparisons to other books!
I have to admit, I wasn’t really feeling the book in chapter one but I am glad I continued as it began to pick up in chapter two onward and began to capture my attention there on in.
Rose is a mother of two who is in an abusive relationship. She runs an online business from home and is desperately trying to find a way to escape with her children.
From the start of the book I can say that Jennifer is very good at describing what the characters are like and their background although it is kind of difficult to understand the change in locations. The first moment where I have found myself able to relate to Rose is the fact that I love tea almost as much as her! I feel that in order for a story to be good, the characters need to be relate able so this set the book up in good stead. Like Rose, I also know what it feels like to put a smile on your face when you don’t feel like smiling and pretending everything is okay.
From the beginning, Rose is a character I feel bad for and want to help if I could. I admire the fact that even though her relationship is falling apart and even though she isn’t happy she is still doing everything she can to ensure her children grow up happy and loved. When I was a young child, my mother was diagnosed with series mental health issues and ended up in and out of hospital. I ended up not seeing her very often and then when I got older, contact stopped and I felt like she had given up on me. Even today, family members on her side of the family tell me that she loves me, but I haven’t seen her in years and she was unable to look after me when she was unwell. So reading about Rose doing everything she can for her children even when her relationship isn’t going well strikes a chord with me emotionally.
I feel sympathetic for Rose when it turns out that Darren is cheating on her and feel that is probably why he has came across as insecure from the start and thinking that she was cheating on her. Yet again I can relate to her in the sense that she feels like a failure and blames herself for the way things had turned out. I have never had a similar experience to Rose so don’t know what its really like but whenever people I care about treat me badly, I often blame myself for it. I remember in high school I had a difficult time with someone I cared about and then because I had started the arguments, I blamed myself. I began to let them be mean and not stand up for myself as I thought I deserved it because I had started the disagreement. It wasn’t till years later that I realized that we were both to blame for what happened between us.
I like the fact that there are constant flash backs throughout the chapters in order to refer to what life was like for Rose while she was pregnant as it adds extra context to the story and gives further insight into how abusive Darren actually was towards her.
This book has made me think about what life must be like for a struggling couple with children. When I was a young child and my parents split up, my Dad went through court battles to gain custody of me seeing as my mum was too unwell to look after me at the time. I never really thought about what things must have been like on my parents side of it all until now. I feel that Isolation Junction challenges the readers thoughts on the situation and makes me think about the other aspect of a failing relationship other than what the child sees, which is the only aspect I have experienced. The book sends a powerful message to readers and provides an insight on abusive relationships which may even help those that may be in that situation.
As soon as I read the lyrics of the song in which Rose heard in chapter twelve when she turned on the radio, I knew exactly which song this was. I feel that a book that can relate to the audience and make the reader think is a powerful book which will strike thought and discussion. Like Rose, I find meaning and relation to music. Music has helped me through some of my toughest times and just when I was at my lowest mentally and thought I had no one to help me get better, it was music that got me through it all.
This book was compelling and powerful to read and I would recommend it to anyone whom wants a read that will challenge their mindset and what they think/know about abusive relationships.
Local mother and business owner, Jennifer Gilmour, has spent the past eighteen months writing her first novel with the aim of not only raising awareness of this insidious behaviour which brings hidden misery to so many but of bringing about changes at a national level. A ‘survivor’ herself, Jennifer is well aware that changes to national policies and working practices are needed so that situations in which women (and men) present in emotionally abusive situations are recognised and dealt with appropriately and with compassion. Jennifer believes that particular training needs to be focused on recognising the perpetrators of this behaviour, as often they are very persuasive people who are able to manipulate the services themselves.
Jennifer’s Huffington Post article went into more depth about life after domestic abuse and living with the unseen ‘bruises’. She states that, “This is why it is important that not only are the agencies well equipped to recognise abuse and coercive control but that there is support to protect those at risk as well. I was lucky to be supported by Hull DAP, which takes on medium risk cases as well as high risk cases. In many parts of the UK. This is not the case.”