Book Title: Isolation Junction
Author: Jennifer Gilmour
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: September 22nd 2016
Genre(s): General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: Paperback
Goodreads: Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.
She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.
It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.
After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it?
Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?
My Review: Empowering!!! This could be anybody’s story, it truly could – men or women. Jennifer Gilmour has written about what so many others only dream about doing but feel they can’t when stuck in an abusive relationship – escape. Domestic abuse is an unacceptable issue in our society today and by reading inspiring stories like Isolation Junction I hope it highlights that escape can come if you want it to – but ‘you’ have to put that first foot forward.
Isolation Junction is written from two narrative perspectives. Firstly, the reader follows the main character, Rose in the present as she finally breaks free from her abusive relationship and secondly into her past through glimpses of her memories, which grips the reader like a vice. The present narrative is written in third person and the past in first. With the latter you get a real feel for Rose that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You feel her every thought and emotion and find yourself repeatedly asking yourself ‘why is this allowed to happen? How can someone think it right to control another?’
I thought this was a well written novel, which took me on Rose’s journey, beginning from the bottom pit of despair, travelling through destinations of abuse and torment, before eventually arriving at the other side full of confidence and new love.
A huge thank you to Jennifer Gilmour for the copy in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author: Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. An entrepreneur who runs a family business from her home, Jennifer has a large readership of other young mums in business for her blog posts. From an early age, Jen had a passion for writing and has been gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors’ experiences alongside her own, to write her first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. She hopes that the book will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behaviour and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives. For more information about Jennifer Gilmour, visit her website.