As authors I would have to say that the BIGGEST compliment we can get is "I picked up your book and couldn't put it down!" Well, that was the first compliment I received and then it was followed by this touching review written by a fellow survivor. My heart was stilled as tears overwhelmed my eyes and I continued to read on through blurred vision. These words she shared are the REASON I wrote my story and I continue to encourage others to do the same while nurturing a healing journey of self realization.
I am so grateful for your words!
Review of Purple Sky Survivalist - Growing up a Victim of Illusions By Deborah Kinisky
This book is a follow up to "HerStory - Victim to Victorious". I haven't had the privilege to have read the authors first novel but now I am eagerly looking for a copy to do just that. If it's anything like this one, I will be thoroughly impressed, although the author says her first one is very raw and graphic.
I dove into this book to read about childhood abuse and neglect. I did find that. But what I wasn't expecting was to be so drawn in to the memories, and how each one added to the trauma for the author. Sometimes the stories were sad, happy, funny, and sickening all on one page. I thought she did a great job expressing herself and am proud of her. What a courageous person to share her life with the reader. It's heartbreaking to finish the book knowing that these memories were real life experiences that happened to her. I loved this book, it tore through me as a reader, and as a survivor of abuse. Some of her memories hit close to home, but honestly hers were so much worse. Her abuse was constant, and she had no one.
I began to read it and couldn't put it down. Hours later I began questioning myself? Would I ever want to tell my story? Could I express them as well as she did? Would I ever have the guts she has? Was I crying for her? myself? Then I thought.... maybe I was just supposed to read it?
I found a light in the darkness though and that was the story line between the author and her little brother. Their love for each other was strong and loyal. As a foster parent, I am shocked at the Alberta Ministry for their neglect of placing any child with these disgusting parents. But am glad that they had each other. Yet, the author left me wanting to know more information about those same abusers/parents in her life. Where are they? I hope she is willing to share more info in her follow-up books. Yes! She says there will be more.
The author generously shared photos of herself at different stages of herself growing up. They definitely added to her story by allowing us to see her physically before, and after trauma has affected her brain. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is on a journey of self-discovery and healing from childhood abuse. This would also be a great resource for professionals to draw from when dealing with survivors of childhood trauma. I would also recommend this to people who have passed through the authors life. Like myself. I personally knew the author as a teenager in Quesnel, British Columbia. It's a very personal and touching insight into who she was and why? I wouldn't recommend this to young readers unless being supported by a responsible parent or professional. It does contain very sexually explicit story lines but it is honest and real. I didn't find anything to be offensive but if you are not prepared, you could be surprised at the content.
I find her journey inspirational. Great book.