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Thursday, July 19, 2012

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: THE SECRET PAIN OF A HOARDER -- A REVIEW

Behind closed doors, families hide their secret pain in a variety of ways. For Trish Dietrich, the pain is muffled and pushed down behind the objects she hoards.

Her secret is hers alone, she believes, but when her son Jack is injured by a falling tower of objects, she is rudely awakened to its impact on others. And when a social worker appears, bringing the intrusive world of Child Protective Services into her life, Trish is alternately angry, belligerent, and reeling from denial.

A seemingly insurmountable task faces Trish at this defining moment in her life. She can lose her son or she can clean up the house that she scarcely sees for the wreck it has become. And achieving this task might mean accepting the help of her "perfect" sister Mary, whose own pain hides behind the spotless exterior of her life.

What will Trish and Mary discover about their own childhood secrets as they chip away at the walls of objects that have protected Trish—and their mother before them? And when they face the tragedy that claimed their mother's life fourteen years before, will they finally understand what drove her? A secret diary in one of Trish's trash-filled rooms holds the key to their mother's pain. And behind the wall of objects, another secret is hidden. Will Trish finally acknowledge the blow that drove her into the hoarding descent she swore she would never repeat?

Alternately telling the story from Trish's and Mary's points of view, Keepsake delves into the psychological disorder that fuels hoarding—Obsessive Compulsive Disorder—even as the human elements are shown to the reader. Each woman has deep wounds with which she has coped in very different ways. Accepting the past and moving beyond denial is the first step each of them must take to start over. This beautifully wrought portrait of family life gone awry earned five stars from me.

13 comments:

  1. I love your review,Laurel! Adding it to my TBR list. I've enjoyed other books by this author.

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  2. Thanks, Mary...hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Glad you could stop by....

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  3. Glad you enjoyed this one, I thought the author did an excellent job with the subject matter.

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  4. I've heard alot about this one. I should add it to my list.

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  5. I absolutely could not put it down, Yvonne...hope you enjoy it, too.

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  6. Your writing is brilliant, Laurel. On this review alone, I'd buy the book. Nice job of hooking me. The book does sound intriguing.

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  7. Thanks, Joylene...I'm glad my enthusiasm for the book came through in my review. Glad you could stop by.

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  8. I read something similar to this on OCD. Thanks for popping over!

    Btw, the giveaway of A Lovey Indecent Departure is now up! Check it out here:
    http://www.guiltlessreading.blogspot.ca/2012/07/guest-post-giveaway-steven-lee-gilbert.html

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  9. I read something similar on OCD. Such inner turmoil, and yet no one ever really knows by looking at a person.

    Btw, the giveaway of A Lovely Indecent Departure is now up! http://www.guiltlessreading.blogspot.ca/2012/07/guest-post-giveaway-steven-lee-gilbert.html

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  10. Thanks for stopping by, Aloi...Yes, I think hoarding is an aspect of OCD in most cases.

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  11. This sounds like an intriguing read. I've seen a glimpse of people who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on the tv program Hoarders and it really is so sad.

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  12. Yes, and I have been obsessed with hoarding books lately...lol

    Thanks for stopping by, Naida.

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