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Stories about abuse whether physical or emotional are worth exploring. People who experience terrible traumas need many avenues and time to fully recover. None of these characters seeks counseling or truly explores the many facets of healing. While love does help to heal, secrets, allowing perpetrators to avoid consequences, and hiding the truth is extraordinarily damaging. Liked the characters but would love to see more reality based recoveries. Even in remote areas, counseling and support is available through online resources or at health centers. Also pregnancy and childbirth often bring flashbacks, etc. when victims have rape or abuse in their pasts.
There are two separate books in one volume. The only thing they have in common is the friendship of the two female characters as best friends. Otherwise, this was one of the most difficult volumes, I have ever read due to the content matter. There is so much emotional & sexual abuse in both. There was also stalking & continued emotional abuse. I was also very upset in the first book, that our heroine, was a sniveling piece of work that allowed her male friend to catch even more abuse, including jail. Because sniveling POS refused to report a rape. (Not a spoiler)
The second book was even more upsetting dealing with a sheriff's deputy who was totally emotionally unstable, and should not have been allowed back on duty.
What a hard topic the first book was. I did like how the author gave a subject warning at the start. The story was very drawn out. The second book didn't spark my interest and I was only able to get through a few pages.