Welcome to my review of #RRBC Author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega's "Memoirs of a Mad Woman"
About the book (as written from Amazon):
A novelette from the award-winning author of The Fall of Lilith and Son of the Serpent, Vashti Quiroz-Vega.
Who can explain how madness begins?
This is the story of Emma. Reared by a religious fanatic, orphaned at a young age and sent to a mental institution and an orphanage. Molested and betrayed by the people who should be watching over her…
Who can say that madness has no logic?
During a fight, Emma's best friend punched her in the abdomen. Since then, Emma has believed there's something damaged inside of her.
Every month… she bleeds. She tries to fight it all her life, but the pain and the blood return twenty-eight days later… and the cycle begins again.
But Emma, even in her madness, knows how to take care of herself. She knows how to make things right…
You may not agree…
But, who can reason with insanity?
Read this tragic but fascinating tale and traverse the labyrinthine passages of madness.
About the Author:
Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller. Since she was a kid she's always had a passion for writing and telling stories. It has always been easier for her to express her thoughts on paper.
She enjoys reading almost as much as she loves to write. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin.
She enjoys making people feel an array of emotions with her writing. She likes her audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.
When she isn't building extraordinary worlds and fleshing out fascinating characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband JC and her Pomeranian Scribbles who is also her writing buddy.
In order to fully invest my words into this review, please note I will be sharing some vulnerable history of my own self, as well.
Sometimes we pick up a story and feel like we are reliving flashbacks of our own chaotic past. We reencounter pain we thought we were over. We have flashbacks of childhood trauma that was inflicted on us, and sometimes we often wondered how we survived it all. The reality some do not cope with any of it well at all.
Vashti Quiroz-Vega takes us on a whirlwind journey through the pain and suffering of one woman. She is now mentally ill, but as the reader discovers, not to her own fault. As a social worker, as well as someone who has experienced significant trauma and pain in my life, I know that there is a point of no return for anyone. The more someone is beat down, raped, and tortured, the more someone is likely to crack, became violent and seemingly fight back. The main character "Emma" endures just that. I found myself empathizing with her many times throughout this powerful novelette. I could envision this being performed on stage in a beautiful theatrical play. All of the characters in this marvelous book came alive, the beautiful and the tragic alike.
As disturbing as the actions may have been by the antagenous of this story, the heinous acts that were done to Emma were pure evil. From the mistreatment of her mother, to the physical abuse completed by her orphanage "mother", to the heinous torment and sexual acts that were thwarted upon her by people she was supposed to trust. This story became very real from me. Although I cannot relate directly to the psychosis she experienced I could relate to the anger, the guilt, and the confusion she endured. I am a survivor of childhood rape, abuse, and bullying. I even attempted to end my own life because of it at the age of 13 years old. Unlike the main character in this beautifully scripted novelette, I received the support I needed to survive life. Please note I used the word survivor and not victim.
"Emma" was driven beyond the point of 'crazy', she was nurtured into a world of psychosis paranoia. When a story makes us relive parts of our lives, even those experiences we wish to suppress and ignore, we can safely say the author accomplished their job in creating a story that will resonate with the reader for years to come.
Due to the emotional connections Vashti was able to produce through her beautifully descriptive prose throughout Emma's lifespan, the imagery of torment and fear she painted throughout this novelette, and the ability to get the readers' to share empathy with the main character who was committing reactionary defensive acts of mascare, I am humbled to give "Memoirs of a Mad Woman" 5-Stars.
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