Details: Paperback, 214 pages
Publication: April 3, 2020 by Sunny Day Publishing, LLC
Goodreads Synopsis: What kind of person ends up in a toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head-on. Coming out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear of being alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer hope.
My Thoughts: The message in this book was extremely important, and I love how Kelly Smith wrote this book. She incorporated tips and advice into a narrative, which made it easier for me personally to read.
I really liked how she included the ways her family and friends felt and reacted to the relationship she had with Gabe. I think this added a bit more of a rare red flag for toxic relationships. It also helped show just how much damage a toxic relationship can do.
I also loved that she was a strong woman who could admit when she did something wrong or toxic compared to the weak woman victims are typically depicted as. It showed how abuse can claim anybody as a victim, which made the entire thing more real.
I think this book is a great guide and example to people whether they’re currently in a relationship – toxic or not – or even single. Kelly Smith gives advice on how to notice and escape a toxic relationship, which can be extremely important for anyone. She didn’t sugarcoat anything, which can also be extremely helpful. I do suggest people read this even if it’s just so you know what to look out for and how to get out of the situation if you ever were to encounter it.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via iRead Book Tours and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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