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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Confused: A True Story of Flawed Love, Control and Abuse by Susan K. Green is a memoir whose title aptly captures the theme and describes what readers will encounter in this book. Ruthlessly honest and at times raw, this is a tale of a toxic relationship, of control and abuse. We meet Rosie and Carl, two intelligent and attractive individuals who seem to have everything they need to build a successful relationship. While they look great on the surface, each hides insecurities and pain within. While Rosie seeks ways to understand her personality and accept who she really is, Carl prefers subterfuge and to keep his real personality hidden. The consequences are that to get what he wants in a relationship, Carl will use abuse. Can Rosie ever find inner freedom?
This is a moving story, told forty years after, and readers will explore the world of courting and the excitement of falling in love. The author describes her teaching job, her friendships — and I love Lucy and the way she helps bring out the author's emotions — and the painful journey towards self-discovery. Susan K. Green explores how we can be blinded by love to the point that we refuse to see reality for what it is, bent on twisting it to suit what we want it to be. But in the end, truth always stares us in the face. While this memoir tells the story of an imperfect relationship, it also explores personal choices and the power of listening to the silent voice within. Confused: A True Story of Flawed Love, Control and Abuse is written in a beautiful, engaging, and enticing voice, a narrative that reflects the reality that many couples go through. As I followed the story of Rosie, I could feel and see myself in many areas of her life.