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The Other Side of Darkness by Melody Carlson

January 22nd, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this one a 2.5-3 out of 5 stars.

Description: Ruth is a stay at home mother of 2 young girls and a teenage son and believes that she is the spiritual protector of her family.  When she comes under the influence of a new pastor and then joins a new church her spiritual beliefs rise to a new level. This paired with her undiagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder threaten both her sanity and the welfare of her family. Will she be able to save her family or will she end up being the one to tear them apart?

I can’t say I enjoyed this story but I did find it deeply disturbing and had to keep reading to find out what eventually happens to Ruth, her husband and their children.  While reading I kept looking to see how many pages were left because it was really starting to get to me how scary this woman was becoming and the thought that she might turn her two impressionable daughters into the same type of women.  As I read it was so hard to believe that someone could become that obsessed and crazy but never even realize it.  I guess a crazy person never thinks they are crazy and I suppose Ruth’s thoughts are probably similar to those of people who get caught up in religious cults.  I suppose not being deeply religious I can’t believe that people could go so far in their beliefs and be so harsh on other people.

I am not one that usually goes for these types of depressing sort of books which accounts for my lower rating but if you really want to see what might go on inside the heads of people who join cults this is an interesting book.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Thriller/Suspense

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  1. J. Kaye

    Steve just finished a book that left him feeling like that. He said that if he’d known it was going to get to him like that, he wouldn’t have read it.

  2. dsuzuki

    I swear reading this book wiped me out. The main character kept talking about how she was always tired and I could believe it. I was tired being in her head. Totally draining read.

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