Monday, September 21, 2009

Book: "Safe" -- Susan Shaw

I read this book about a year ago. It still remains in my mind today as one of the most realistic portrayals of rape-induced PTSD that I have found in fictional literature. I will never forget the shock of reading the scene where Tracy (the protagonist) first experiences sudden dissociation and a cold flash; I could not contain the rush of relief and validation that I was not alone. Some of the other symptoms that are very well-described are her social anxiety, increased isolation, and distrust of those she knew before her trauma.

Fantastic book, but very triggering.

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