The House on Sunset
By Lindsay Fischer
ISBN 0692278281 (ISBN13: 9780692278284)
Sarafina Bianco was once a high school English teacher with dreams stretching far outside the classroom. When her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half cheated on her, Lindsay found herself alone, looking online for a replacement. His name was Mike.
That’s where the nightmare started.
The House on Sunset is a memoir, a collection of reminiscences, scattering the ashes of two broken homes and putting them to rest. Each chapter offers a different glimpse inside the cycle of intimate partner violence, where honeymoon phases and traumas coexist.
Everyone could fall victim to abusers. This book bravely displays the reasons a quirky, twenty-something teacher would, and did.
Lindsay Fischer graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, English. An avid reader and learner, Lindsay took her passion for words into a classroom before starting a writing career. Life pulled her from the classroom, providing an opportunity to use her voice against domestic violence, blogging under the pseudonym, Sarafina Bianco, since 2009.
You can find her words at survivorswillbeheard.com and speak directly to her when she hosts #domesticviolencechat on Twitter. Lindsay hopes to be an advocate for women, men and children who still live inside the nightmare of their abuse.
She currently lives with her husband and three dogs, including Watson, in St. Louis, Missouri.
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It’s a story I’ve heard all too often. A woman looking for love, finds her happily-ever-after man (or so she thinks) and is ready to give up everything for love. Sadly, she is asked by this man to do just that as he first subtly and then overtly begins to control her,make her always second-guess herself and then abuse her both verbally and physically. Soon she begins to lose all sense of self and becomes a pawn in this man’s evil game.
I am blessed that I dodged that bullet – I almost fell for it.
Lindsay chose to tell her story – to share a testimony that it’s possible to go to hell and come back, and live to tell the tale. And she tells it vividly, not sparing us horrible details, sharing her journey from thinking that she’s found perfect love to finding that it was all a sham – and becoming the victim of domestic abuse. Mike began to control her and abuse her until she didn’t know herself anymore. As she says, “Survivors are brainwashed. Then we have to try everything over. We don’t know if we like strawberry or grape jelly. The lines blur between the abuser and victim. Are these beliefs his or mine? Maybe they’re a mixture of both now. Any answer isn’t real anyway, even if they were our own, we probably don’t believe the same things anymore…”
I have nothing but admiration for women like Lindsay, who dare to take their life back, albeit piece by piece. But that just what she did.
I’m glad we know that Lindsay survived the horror of domestic abuse. There are millions of women who don’t. Even if the book is hard to read at times, I’d recommend it to every woman – to avoid falling into a similar situation or to understand another woman who has. And to be there for that woman.
I received this book from Sage Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.