REVIEW: Broken Places by Rachel Thompson

Originally published 2016-05-11: Broken Places Review A woman rips off the bandages and lets the poison out of invisible scars from childhood trauma in Broken Places


Let’s face it: sometimes emotions suck.

The ones that suck the most are often those that have been with us the longest and have cut the deepest. I spent a large chunk of my life pretending that some of these deep, dark emotions weren’t real, or were a thing of the past, but they always managed to sneak back into my brain when I least expected it: out on a walk, watching a movie, writing a new story, or just playing with my kids.

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Like the emotions themselves, these sudden flashes of memory and pain really suck. They’re terrible. They can ruin your day, your week, your year… your life, if you let them. In the past couple of years, I’ve decided that I needed to change. Instead of pushing those emotions down, I need to let them pop their head above ground and explore their inner workings. I need to take them apart to see how they can be managed.

So in between reading drama, children’s books, and educational nonfiction, I try to sprinkle in at least one emotional self-help book every couple of months. This helps me to not get overwhelmed with a torrent of past memories and feelings I can’t control, but lets me exorcise them one at a time in a controlled environment.

The most recent book I read that fit the bill was Broken Places: A Memoir of Abuse by Rachel Thompson.

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Book Description

Award-winning author Rachel Thompson courageously confronts the topics of sexual abuse and suicide, love and healing, in her second nonfiction book of prose: Broken Places.

The sequel to Rachel’s first nonfiction book, Broken Pieces, Rachel bares her soul in essays, poems and prose, addressing life’s most difficult topics with honesty. As you follow one woman’s journey through the dark and into the light, you will find yourself forever changed.

Please note: this book discusses serious topics, and is intended for mature audiences only.

My Rating

This is a book about survival as much as it is about victimization. It’s raw. It hurts. It opens up old wounds so they can close again and heal properly.

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When I started reading this book, I wanted to explore my childhood traumas through the eyes of someone who had experienced similar pain, and I got exactly what I was looking for.

Broken Places: A Memoir of Abuse by Rachel Thompson gets five of five stars for ripping off the invisible bandages, slicing open scars, and letting the poison out so we may one day be truly healed. I highly recommend this book to survivors of sexual assault and child abuse with the caveat that you read this with the support of friends, family, or a qualified professional.


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