I started this book with fear and trepidation - I was not disappointed. Throughout his very personal and painful journey, Pete Earley doesn't "white wash" any of the terrible attributes associated with mental illness. His straight forward stories and anecdotes, plus disturbing truths about how hard it is for both patients and family members, have stayed with me long past the end of the book. He's correct when he says, only when personally affected are people willing to get involved. The author gives a compelling argument for revamping our mental illness protocol and a disheartening enlightment on why it hasn't happened. The book shook me down to my boots yet I found I could not pull away.
I had some trouble getting into the book as the swedish names are difficult to work with and there is a lot of background given. It wasn't until Bloomquist was offered an unusual and intriguing job that I really started to look forward to what happened next. I checked the time elapsed - over 2 hours. I stuck with the story and was richly rewarded as the many layers all came together. The story is quite dark at times, still I couldn't walk away. Overall the book was highly entertaining and engrossing. I'm looking forward to the third book of the trilogy.
While I enjoyed the book very much, some things were very hard to listen too - especially when it concerned Rolf. He's a despicable character. Guess that's life in the 13th century. I preferred Ken Follet's first book on the church builders, Pillars of the Earth. Maybe as it was written so many years earlier, it didn't have to compete with today's edgier world.
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