What I Learned - Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft
This is an amazing book that will leave you utterly floored - but set aside a weekend - a day to read it and a day to recover, as you won't be able to put it down.
What I Learned:
If only one of us had that fabulous magic wand that would take away all those "tattoos".
Never, ever, ever give up. You can do anything.
Where you are going is always more important than where you have come from. That's not to say that where you have come from has a bearing on the person you have become moving into that future.
I think this is a perfect summary of grief.
I love this quote - and bizarrely I think I needed to hear this when I read it. It's all too easy to try to be Superwoman all of the time, and try to hold everything together by yourself...sometimes it's absolutely ok that you just can't.
...and not knowing what might happen can lead to some incredible, exciting things. You just have to be open to it.
This is a great thing to try and remember every day.
I think we've all been here if we are honest. I think this is the moment we need to stop, take a breath, and remind ourselves that we can only do what we can do and, ultimately, that's enough...so give yourself a break!
Everyone has things going on that they will only let the people closest to them see, and even then they still might not share it all.
I think this is really poignant, for lots of reasons. This is the kind of fear I will fight tooth and nail to make sure my daughter never feels, whilst instilling the belief that she can handle anything thrown her way.
Never give in. Never let them win. Ever.
Again, this gives me goose-bumps for lots of reasons. Unfortunately I lived on the receiving end of this for a long time, and his colleagues would have been shocked. Never again.
This is interesting. I would like to think that we are capable of change, or at least learning a new and different, or even better way to be. It can be a struggle. If you are naturally a insecure person you can learn to try to be something else. Battle it and keep battling.
It's easy to make a mistake...it's often harder to acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward.
Never let other people define who and what you are. People make their own choices. Other people's choices have no bearing on you or the kind of person you are. You are only accountable for yourself.
Sometimes it is nice to let those barriers down and let someone else in to help you.
The people that love you will love you imperfections and all...in fact sometimes it's your imperfections that people fall in the love with in the first place.
This is a really interesting concept. I hadn't ever thought about this before, and haven't really stopped thinking about it since I read it. I don't want to be free if that means not being responsible for going after my dreams.
Never judge people by how they appear on the outside. Never underestimate anyone based on their appearance, or the persona they show to the outside world.
Never let other people's opinions of you define who you are. Know who you are and never be afraid to be the fabulous, brilliant unique person you are, and never ever ever apologise for it.
Do people get hurt, or can people start dealing with the truth?
I love this passage. I think this is a lovely description of moving on and how life can take you in a different direction.
This is how I want people to be with me, always. There's no need to pretend to be something more than you are. You are enough as you are, and how you feel is valid. Just be you, trust me, it's enough!
What a great attitude. How great would the world be if we all approached everything in life like this?
Stop telling yourself you can't do things...I guarantee that is the biggest obstacle standing in your way.
Goals! How nice would it be to let your barriers down enough to fell like this about somebody.
This is something I really need to remember more often. It's ok to let people in and help.
Plausible is the word I would use. Why are abusive people always so plausible to the outside world?
My Goodreads Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am utterly floored by this book - so much so that I am going to have to go back to the beginning and read it all over again.
The way this book is put together is genius...we skip between the present where Mia, wife of disgraced lecturer Zack, is trying to put her life back together for her young daughter, and the past where we see glimpses of Zack's relationship with strong but troubled Josie unfold. Add in Alison, Josie's flat mate, who we know is troubled right from the word go, and you have a fast paced page turner unlike anything else I have read.
This story will have you guessing with ever turn of the page, right until the last turn.
Please let there be a sequel coming soon.
This is a must read - but set aside a day because you will not want to put it down.
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