If you know me, you know I am a major bookworm. I am always on the lookout for intriguing books, and Rochelle Garfield’s debut novel, Out of the Shadow, is definitely that!
Written mainly as a series of therapy sessions that the main character, Lori, is experiencing, the structure of this novel is different than most other books I have read, making it feel very relatable, as if the reader were a fly on the wall in one of Lori’s therapy sessions. Watching her growth and development as the novel progresses was a surprisingly emotional experience for me. I found myself relating to many of the struggles she works through. Appearing as a successful woman to the outside world, and a renowned therapist herself, it is refreshing to read about Lori’s flawed “humanness”, her relationship and family struggles, her fight against her own nature, and her fear of vulnerability and opening herself up to someone who may see her as less than perfect.
I also think it is amazing how the author brings such general insight into the world of therapy and mental health. I think this book will be an eye opener for many people.
Out of the Shadow was clearly created as a labor of love, and I am so glad I got to read it. It left me processing and mulling concepts over long after I turned the last page. I am so impressed with the amount of research that went into this novel, as well as the empathetic view of human thought and emotions that is so cleverly portrayed throughout the book.
Out of the Shadow can be purchased on Amazon here in both paperback and kindle format.
*Note: Although Rochel was given free product to review, all her opinions are her own.
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