A Story of Emotional Abuse and Depression

Non-Fiction - Self Help
212 Pages
Reviewed on 09/08/2013
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Author Biography

Kerry Connelly is an English -Australian author of non-fiction, self-help and tongue in cheek humor.

A firm believer in the importance and understanding of those who suffer with various forms of mental health issues, her second title ‘Shaken: A story of emotional abuse and depression’ combines personal experience with self-help sections for those who may be in need and has been backed by writers, readers and reviewers alike.

Awarded the prestigious 5 star seal by Reader’s Favorite, International best-selling author Jean Sasson (Princess: A true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia,) names ‘Shaken’ as :
‘An Important book which will prove to be invaluable’.
Readers have raved calling ‘Shaken’: “Intelligent and Inspiring” “A real page turner!” and “A candid and sobering look into emotional abuse and depression”

Her first title 'Observation City', a quirky and relatable collection on life and human behaviour and has been noted as a 'Charismatic companion for a fun and easy read'.

Kerry has also collaborated with 27 wonderful female writers for Kate Gardeners compilation title 'The Missing Piece: A Transformational Journey'. Due for release December 2013.

Having also have studied film, Kerry is an avid reader and a lover of all things film and television who has also worked in early childhood education, broadcast radio and retail management.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

Kerry Connelly's new novel lives up to its name and truly leaves you 'Shaken' to the core. The book itself is an interesting and captivating view of the author's own mind and self-perception. She goes on quite an emotional rampage, fluctuating from deep despair to a fragile sort of hope.

Shaken: A Story of Emotional Abuse and Depression by Kerry Connelly is a first-hand look at the effects of abuse while in a controlling relationship. Hers is the kind of painful yet invisible erosion of self caused by mental abuse. It's the kind of abuse that may not be physically visible, but can kill you just as slowly and painfully as a more violent kind of abuse. I really enjoyed the format of the book. There were instances where the author would drop a definition or a segment of text from medical journals and reference materials about the signs of abuse. These just added another layer to the story and almost gave you a lens through which to focus on what the character was experiencing at that exact moment in the story.

The writing style is wonderful. There is no doubt in my mind that Connelly is a very skilled creator of the written word. She has the ability to spill an image over the page almost without words. You find yourself at the end, with a book in your hands but a movie in your head. Truly great writing in my opinion. Shaken by Kerry Connelly is a stunning read. It's painful yet soulful, and is a real eye-opener to the demons and struggles of verbal and mental abuse.