Isaac Bittman- an average family man whose mysterious mood swings,many of which he cannot remember, begin to unravel the lives of those closest to him. After a series of bizarre encounters reveals that his personality has splintered into alternate parts, he begins treatment at a revolutionary mental health facility. The novel intricately weaves together Isaac's internal angst and his wife's and best friend's struggles to retain both a private and public semblance of normality.
After reading two of the novels by Tanya Peterson I didn't know how she could possibly top them,but she has. Tanya writes books about people with living with different kinds of mental illness.
Her books give us an insight into the lives of people we might not come across in our everyday lives. Through her books it is hoped we might understand more clearly what some people have to cope with. Of course it's not only the person with the disorder who have to learn how to cope but their family and close friends.
This is a book about a family,an ordinary family leading an ordinary life until mental illness rears it's head. It could be any family, it could be yours.
This is the story of Isaac who has Dissociative Identity Disorder [multiple personality disorder].
It has taken his whole life for this to become noticeable but when he is found half dead in the wilds of Idaho it brings things to a head so Isaac has to be diagnosed. He then attends a daily medical facility to receive treatment.
Isaac is a very likeable character. Tanya's writing is so real that I felt I was there alongside Isaac as he try to work his way through what was making him different. He is left with no self esteem and feels he is unlovable and a burden to everyone. At various times, either at the treatment facility or at home we meet Isaac's other identities. Most of the personalities are endearing and I wondered what would happen to them if Isaac was ever cured. I then realised there is no cure only control but it does show how involved I became.
His wife Reese is a saint,no really she was. She was so patient and kind to her husband as his condition escalated.
Dominic, Isaac and Reese's five year old son is cute and charming and multiple personalities don't bother him in the least and he is very pragmatic about it.
Everyone at the treatment centre Isaac attended were worth their weight in gold, the way that we would wish everyone we come across in a GP surgery or hospital would be.
This is a roller coaster of a story as we hear from all the people who live in Isaac's mind and we learn the devastating reason that these personalities exist within Isaac in the first place.
As I said at the beginning this is the third book I've read by the author and I think they should all have a place in all secondary school library. We can all learn something from these books.
My Life in a Nutshell : About a man crippled by severe anxiety and panic attacks.
My review : http://bookswithwineandchocolate.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/my-life-in-nutshell-by-tanya-j-peterson.html
Leave of Absence :A woman with Schizophrenia and a man with post traumatic stress disorder.
My Review and link http://bookswithwineandchocolate.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/leave-of-absence-by-tanya-j-peterson.html
The only book I haven't read is, Losing Elizabeth.
"High school junior Elizabeth Carter is self-confident and outgoing with a bright future. Life is good for Elizabeth, then she meets Brad Evans. To those on the outside, and even to Elizabeth at first, her life gets even better with Brad. Slowly and insidiously, though, Brad takes control of Elizabeth. Is she really as lucky as she thinks she is? What price is she willing to pay to be this popular, charming, attractive senior boy's girlfriend? Is she envied...or pitied? Most importantly, does she have to lose herself in order to be Brad's significant other?"
Tanya J. Peterson is an American writer and as I often find with books published in America they tend to cost a bit more. Although Twenty Four Shadows may cost a bit more than what you would normally pay for a book or kindle download.
I'm pleased to say that the other three books are a great price,cheaper than a fancy coffee so if the price is too much you could always start with the others and you'll want to read Twenty Four Shadows.
I want to thank Tanya for sending me this book all the way from America as she knows I prefer physical books. She also knew I would write the truth about whether I enjoyed it or not.
If you haven't read any of her books, you will love them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tanya J. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, Master of Science in counseling, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has been a teacher and a counselor in various settings, including a traditional high school and an alternative school for homeless and runaway adolescents, and she has volunteered her services in both schools and communities. Locally and nationally, she gives presentations about mental health and mental illness. She volunteers with her local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness as a support group co-facilitator and Secretary of their Board of Directors. Tanya is a regular columnist for the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog on HealthyPlace.com, and she is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Leave of Absence and My Life in a Nutshell, each featuring characters living with mental illness and addressing themes around mental health.