Thanks for visiting A Well Read Woman Blog for Author Erin Lee’s When I’m Dead Blog Tour! I’m excited to share with you all my review. 🙂
“Beware of Picket Fences”
Violet Hoffman is a planner. She’s had more than enough time—especially on holidays—to think this through. There’s really no point in turning back. Now, armed with a plan, Violet only needs to pull the trigger. She runs through her list of essentials: Motel room, check. Bottle of pills, check. Razor blades, check. Knife, yup. Purpose, check. Voice ready to be heard. Got it. Revenge, coming right up.
Violet is ready. After all, she decides, everyone is born for a reason. For most of her life, she’s been different. Since she was nine years old, she’s carried a secret that made it impossible for her to be normal. For a decade, she’s been torn between loyalties and healing. But now, finally an adult, Violet can let it all out. And it isn’t going to be pretty. But then again, being ‘pretty’ and ‘special’ really aren’t what they’re cracked up to be.
When I’m Dead is the story of an eighteen-year-old abuse victim alienated by her family. Ignored by a faulty system and shuffled from placement to placement, Violet is finally old enough to be heard. Sometimes, the best messages are given without words. And Violet’s always been a person of action. Where will Violet’s plan and actions take her? Will she finally get her message across? What will they think of her, when she’s dead? Will they even notice?
Whoa. Hold up a minute while I catch my breath…
When I’m Dead, by Author Erin Lee reads like a memoir. It spans from when Violet Hoffman – a victim of childhood sexual abuse – is nine years old, until adulthood. While she feels very alone, her voice speaks for many victims.
She’s torn between living and suicide and wonders if anyone would care if she died – certainly not her mother, who never believed her. Maybe one of her foster mothers would care… but it would be fleeting. What does she have to live for?
I did good with keeping my emotions in check until the epilogue where real children’s stories were added – their names changed to protect their innocence. Then, I had to get my tissues.
I found this story to not only be informative, but inspirational. It’s a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Victims of sexual abuse may find this novel helpful – they might not feel so alone. Violet Hoffman, while fictitious, is a hero.
*** I have added this novel to Goodreads Listopia: Books with Sexual Abuse as a Subject. Please give it a vote! ***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
She’s published numerous magazine articles, particularly on the topic of mental illness. She is the author of “Crazy Like Me” from Savant Books and Publications and “Wave to Papa,” “Nine Lives,” and “Alters” with Limitless Publishing. She’s also author of “Host,” “Merge” and “When I’m Dead.” Her other writing interests include poetry and journaling. She recently completed her master’s degree in psychology and uses a narrative approach with clients.
She is currently writing “99 Bottles” and “Her Name was Sam.”
In her spare time, she serves as an unpaid taxi cab driver for her children and rescue/therapy dogs, Milo and Thomas.