My Prison without Bars: The Journey Of A Damaged Woman To Someplace Normal is a novel based on a true story...Taylor's story. My Prison without Bars is a courageous and harrowing journey through the catacombs of hell, from the mind and voice of a little girl, living with her own monster underneath her bed. Written in first person, this novel is not a memoir, but more a psychological thriller based on true events; chronicling one woman's attempt to claw her way out of the darkness of Child Sexual Abuse, while struggling to find normal, in a not-so-normal world. It is poignant, dark and graphic; not for the faint of heart. This novel will make you feel... *Warning* this novel is graphic and disturbing. It may trigger csa victims. It is intended for 18+ readers
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A Wast of my Time
I have no serious doubt that the author suffered a horrendously traumatic, abusive childhood. Child abuse is a particular interest of mine (I have a Master's in Counseling) but this was the worst case I have ever heard of. However, then she goes on, hour after hour, recounting the series of ludicrously abusive, vicious, humiliating relationships for the next decade or so. It came to the point where I finally thought, "She is making these up - no one could possibly run into this many psychopaths, both male and female." IF they were even true, not just a literary devise, she could have given a brief synopsis of the results of being conditioned to accept dysfunctional relationships, and spared hour after hour of repetitive details of her ill-fated sex life.
The ending was a total blank. All I know is that she was still married to a jerk who cheated on her - repeatedly - then saw the light after she was brutally beaten and raped by (and murdered) the jealous son of her original assailant. Left me completely hanging.
NONE! However, I would like to compliment the reader for her ability to remain animated and credible through the reading of this awful, and pointlessly lengthy, book.
Taylor, the one the whole book was about, and all of her lovers, rapists, abusers, in-laws, relatives, etc. In short, the whole book.
For every guy she dated over the years after her escape from her step father, she gave a full - and repetitive - recounting of his tongue forcing its way into her mouth, the incredible tingle and heat moving down from her chest to her "girl parts," him pulling on her nipples, then forcing himself, or trying to force himself, on her, followed in one way or another by a horrible betrayal. She seems to think she invented sex and orgasm. In addition to the story stretching credulity, she is a terrible writer. She mis-uses or over-uses many common words and colloquialisms, such as "testicular fortitude" instead of "intestinal fortitude." Nearly every man she met had "cerulian eyes" or, later in the book, "onyx eyes." I simply think her goal was to write a soft-core porn novel under the guise of non-fiction. Much as I sympathize with victims of child abuse, I think a large proportion of this book was simply invented in her over-active imagination. Sorry, Taylor.
- Donna "DJW in San Diego"