Thank you Daleen for showing us that we can win in life and yesss.. I'm proud of who u are! Like her other books, i totally recommend Shatter the After years of sadness and violence, i can say Daleen finally found happiness in this book. Like her other books, i totally recommend Shatter the Silence! That's a great book and Daleen, an excellent writer. This book is a worderful reading! It's worth! Jan 18, Laura J rated it it was amazing. Daleen Berry was a new author for me. I have to say, this book kept me reading until late in the night. I had such a hard time putting down!
Great story! Dec 26, Michelle rated it it was amazing. The continuing story of Daleen and how she met Joe and made her life better. It was through many steps and obstacles but she had very supportive people helping her along the way. They became valued assets and friends. Jul 04, Michelle Olms rated it it was amazing.
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The fact that she doesn't give gory details makes imagination fill in the blanks and makes the story even more difficult, more uncomfortable, more painful. But these are all the reasons why I am glad that I read it. I found myself wanting to just give Daleen a hug sometimes, and tell her everything would be better, and I found myself cheering her on as she discovered that for herself.
Her journey is one we can all learn from and one we can all be proud of.
Oct 06, Jessica Thomas rated it liked it. I echo some of the other readers' comments in that I give Daleen five stars as an individual for overcoming her difficult circumstances. My three star review applies to the quality of writing and the structure of the book itself. The memoir jumps back and forth in time in a manner that is difficult to discern, and I don't think Daleen probably captured the depth of her despair in writing. Nevertheless, it's an important topic and her story sticks with you many days after reading it.
The book cou I echo some of the other readers' comments in that I give Daleen five stars as an individual for overcoming her difficult circumstances. The book could be in the four and five star category with some extensive editing. I think the extra editing would be time well spent because it would help the book reach a wider audience.
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View 2 comments. Feb 20, Carl R. Unfortunately the beginning of Daleen Berry's story is not unique. Sexually abused from the age of thirteen, she became pregnant in high school and by the age of twenty-one found herself the mother of four children, trapped in a joyless marriage to an abusive alcoholic. The important part of Daleen's story is what happened next.
Repeated fantasies of harming one of her children leads her to seek help and she eventually discover that the intense stresses of her life have left her mentally ill. By Unfortunately the beginning of Daleen Berry's story is not unique. By the end of this chapter in her life Daleen is in treatment, having ended her relationship with Eddie, and on her way to changing nearly every aspect of her life. The book is not without its flaws. Early on, the pace is slow and the chronology is sometimes patchy.
There are some grammatical and spelling errors as well but the story Daleen tells is so intense and so important we are willing to overlook these small problems and focus on the more important story of the prevalence of abuse in our society. Indeed, as the book progresses the writing seems to improve, making Daleen's transformation from a victim to a survivor all the more evident. Berry pulls no punches. She has made some mistakes. What is important to her and evident to the reader is her drive to move forward, to purge the negativity of the past from her life and to tell her story in such a way as to make other young women in similar situations realize that they too can break free, save their own lives and thrive.
Daleen's second book 'Children of Silence', which deals with the emotional struggle faced by her children due to their experiences with abuse, is soon to be published. Her life will have changed for the better but for Daleen, struggle and challenge are never far away. The future will undoubtedly be have its difficulties but through the exercise of her own emotional courage Daleen is able to face them not only as a survivor but as a warrior and a spokesperson for abused women and children everywhere.
Jun 04, Mandie rated it really liked it. This was a well-written book, although the subject matter was difficult to think about. I have so many things to think about now in my own life because she told her story with candor and insight. I have a hard time accepting her nearly saint-like portrayal of herself, but I think probably most people would try to show their own actions in the best possible light. However, there is no denying her husband was a evil man. The other thing I had trouble swallowing was that therapy basically cured her This was a well-written book, although the subject matter was difficult to think about.
The other thing I had trouble swallowing was that therapy basically cured her. Maybe it's just cynicism on my part, but I have known people who've been in therapy for most of their lives and it makes not a bit of difference. While speaking to her therapist gave her a voice for what she had been keepng to herself for so long, it was Daleen herself who actually had the courage to do something about her situation. She acted. No amount of therapy can make you act if you don't want to change.
Those were the only two things I didn't like about the book. To me, the author seemed to be a very smart, active and introspective person. She figured out how to get away from the situation and how to quit being a victim. It is a very empowering story. Nov 05, Kristin Walcott Figueroa rated it liked it.
This book is a memoir. I find it difficult to review memoirs. But every now and then I am inexplicably drawn to a particular story or individual. Sister of Silence is one of those books. I find reviewing memoirs difficult because we all have a story to tell. And some story-telling serves a higher purpose for the author than for the audience. I imagine there are many life experiences put to pape This book is a memoir. I imagine there are many life experiences put to paper—in journals, diaries, poems, songs—that are never made public, but serve as a cathartic medium for the writer.
Those that do make those writings public are brave individuals. I believe they do it in order to help those that are experiencing similar circumstances—to let them know they are not alone. To encourage them to hope and to seek help. For the courage and fortitude shown by those individuals that share their stories to heal themselves and encourage others to do the same, I rate them all five stars, despite what I might rate their book.
I applaud Daleen for bringing her story to light. Having never experienced the abuse Daleen suffered, it is difficult for me to imagine or understand how someone can allow someone else to treat them so poorly. All in all, it shaped her, she believed, into a person with little value.
That is perhaps the saddest truth of the story. But, somewhere deep inside of Daleen, there was a tiny voice. Thankfully, she had the strength to let that voice grow and eventually be heard. I cannot say I enjoyed the book. As much as this is a book about sexual and emotional abuse, it is also a book about strength and triumph. If it helps one woman overcome her victimization and lead a happier, healthier, and more productive life, it has served its purpose.
Jan 30, Peg rated it it was amazing. Sister of Silence by Daleen Berry. This memoir was provided to me free-of-charge by GoodReads, FirstReads. I gave this book 5 stars because it's powerful, thought-provoking memoir that merits it. It's a real page-turner you won't want to put down! Starting at age 13 or 14, every young woman and man should read this so they become familiar not only with sexual abuse, but physical and emotional abuse as well. I feel many others would benefit also, i. It would be of tremendous help for them to be able to recognize signs of these types of abuse.
This book should be stocked in all libraries including middle and high-school libraries. By reading this memoir and getting the word out, many of our young people as well as anyone at any age, can avoid or get out of these terrible abusive relations by knowing they do have a voice to come forward.
They will realize they just do not have to take it! Hopefully this realization will help to break the silence in the lives of all who suffer from any form of abuse. Kudos to Ms. Berry for being brave and talented enough to write this memoir. Sep 11, Esther rated it did not like it.
The story in this book is wrenching. I have nothing but sympathy for the author and her children. Daleen Berry may have personally benefited by putting her story into words, but the writing in this book was adequate at best. The structure was awful. The narrative skips and circles for no discernible reason. The litany of where she moved and when as a young child needs some major cuts.
If the narrative is going to move in a non-linear fashion, it needs to do so in a meaningful way. The language u The story in this book is wrenching. Berry had a very hard life that she managed to fix, from both internal strength of will and some external help. She deserves better than this book. I think, with work, that this book could have gone from undistinguished to riveting. Jul 02, Broodingferret rated it really liked it Shelves: biographies , non-fiction.
It always seems incongruous to call a book like this 'enjoyable', given the subject matter; 'arresting' or 'engaging' is more apt. Berry's writing is down-to-Earth and concise, conveying in accessible language both the physical and emotional difficulties of her former situation. Nor does she patronize her audience with needless exposition; as with Hemingway's iceberg, Berry's writing covers the surface of her experiences, allowing her readers to infer the uncomfortable details for themselves. Th It always seems incongruous to call a book like this 'enjoyable', given the subject matter; 'arresting' or 'engaging' is more apt.
There were a few formatting issues that bothered me, which may have been due to the medium this was my first Kindle read and can most easily be remedied by Berry either yelling at her publisher to do a better job or hiring a better editor. Technical issues aside, Sister of Silence is a laudable first work and I look forward to more from this author in the future. Dec 08, Janet rated it it was amazing.
Describing Daleen Berry's memoir leaves me at a bit of a loss for words. It's amazing, horrifying, and inspiring. It is a very serious subject matter and I found I had to take breaks from it yet I wanted to keep reading. It's the story of a daughter of an alcoholic, a rape victim, a mother of four by age twenty-one, and a woman who finds a way to free herself.
It's so hard for me imagine what she went through but she does a very good job of telling it. You root for her and learn from her. She's Describing Daleen Berry's memoir leaves me at a bit of a loss for words. She's amazing in that she has the strength to tell this story. Best wishes to Daleen and her new life! Feb 01, Gretchen rated it it was amazing. Daleen is an excellent writer and tells her story in an easy manner. This is a book that when you finish, you want to go hug your daughters and sit down with them to tell them that they are important and they are strong.
Teach them to be secure and confident and make sure they know that you will love them no. I was impressed with Daleen's attitude. She had every opportunity to be bitter and turn hard, but she didn't. She forgave and forgave even though perhaps she shouldn't have and Daleen is an excellent writer and tells her story in an easy manner.
She forgave and forgave even though perhaps she shouldn't have and never resented her children. What really struck me is that she never blamed God. She kept praying to him, when she could've denied Him and turned away. Many would've easily and gladly fallen into the system. View all 9 comments.
Dec 10, Nancy marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: memoir , first-reads , goodreads-author. I won this book through goodreads. In Sister of Silence , a very young woman is controlled by her husband in the United States where she has legal freedom while in Saudi Arabia a very well educated single woman is controlled by a state religion. Both women have a religious faith when helps them endure. Apr 07, Amanda Somdal rated it it was amazing. The book is such an eye opener to what's happening around the world. I knew about grooming yet more for a person grooming a child to molest.
It makes me look at 'interesting' relationships differently. It brings a red flag in me when I read about Moms killing children, "hmm more to the story than the media knows about I'm blessed to have met her. Jan 27, Blts rated it it was amazing.
I have known people living this life. I read one review of this book that suggested it was inappropriate for a broad audience that it should be kept quiet and read only amongst the victims. I believe the strength of this book is the opposite of that. It needs to be out there so that when friends and family are told the truth, they believe rather than minimize. Theses abusers are so skilled with their public personas.
This tells it like it is and shares how difficult societal norms make it for th I have known people living this life. This tells it like it is and shares how difficult societal norms make it for the victim. Sep 23, Cindy rated it it was amazing. This is a powerful book that's hard to put down. Daleen tells her personal story of being married to her abuser. She deals with the continued abuse, depression, and being a mother of 4 children.
She is very candid about the guilt she suffered. It is a must for any parent to recognize the signs of a child molester, any abuse victim sexual or otherwise , or an adult child of alcoholic parents. I did not think I could relate to Daleen since I was not a victim myself. However, she is a very talente This is a powerful book that's hard to put down. However, she is a very talented writer and a courageous woman! Dec 03, Colette rated it it was amazing. I know this book would help every woman, no matter her age, to facing the abuse they might have suffered.
It has opened my eyes to some problems I already have faced and others which i haven't. I can only say that the author is a strong woman who has suffered abuse and rape; only to come out the victor. I recommend this book to everyone. Or have been in the same situation. Dec 27, Delilah rated it it was amazing. Daleen Berry's account of her early marriage and motherhood to a man who specifically groomed her is one that often ends in tragedy.
The fact that she was able to overcome, survive and create a new life for herself and her children is an inspiration to legions of women living in abusive conditions.
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Sisters of Silence is an excellent teaching tool and should be read by young women who aren't yet equipped with the knowledge to make certain decisions. Much to learn from this book! Nov 14, Mel burge rated it really liked it. Heart wrenching and yet utterly captivating in reading the authors story and how so many of us can relate on a personal basis.
Abuse comes in many forms and this author captured many of my thoughts as well as leaving me thinking there are ways out and ways to get help not only for yourself but others in need as well. Very well written and yet sad since it is real life. Jul 26, Christine rated it really liked it. This story was painful for me to read. It dredged up a lot of muck from my teenage years and childhood. But it helped me find some answers regarding my feelings and behavior. I wasn't overwhelmed by the writing style or talent but I admire her for finally speaking up and doing something before it was too late and then having the fortitude to write about it.
Not sure I could tell the world! Jan 10, Linda Moenck rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book. Daleen makes the reader feel as if they are in the same room, sharing a conversation about her life. She is very sincere about her experiences, yet never says anything in a mean way about her ex-husband. She sticks to the facts and then the reader can make their own judgements about him. I had a hard time putting the book down and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Jun 03, Katie Corbin rated it really liked it. Also free on my Kindle. I think this is a great, great book that every young girl should read. It hits on the hard topic of sexual abuse without being very triggering or graphic. It is also full of information and resources for sex abuse victims. Aug 05, Ann Wilcox rated it liked it. Especially interesting was the forward written a former FBI behavioral scientist on the psychology of sexual predators and their young victims. Hard to read the book's content but made more palatable because the author says up front that she got help and has gone to have a good life.
Aug 15, Kristi rated it liked it Shelves: kindle. Eye opening the abuse this woman goes through. I found myself wanting to shake her throughout the book to wake her up and get her away from the man that claims to love her. The parts of the book that could have been very graphic were handled well.
This story really opened my eyes I bought this book so long ago that when I picked it up to read, I didn't remember what it was about. However, as soon as I got a few pages in, it l came back to me. Not being familiar with abuse myself, be it physical or emotional, I wasn't quite sure what to expect or how it would eventually end although I knew if she was telling the story, she didn't die.
But there are other ways you can kill a person; you can kill their spirit or their desire to live. And I th This story really opened my eyes I bought this book so long ago that when I picked it up to read, I didn't remember what it was about.
And I think that's what Eddie did, ever time he abused Daleen, he killed a little piece. The verbal abuse: mean words, harsh criticism, blaming her for everything that went wrong, he was chipping away at the core of who she was. And even though, as an outsider looking in, I never understood how women could stay in an abusive relationship, after reading her story, I get it a little more.
I see how if someone continues to tell you something over and over, eventually you'll start to believe it's true. I am glad that in the end, she was finally able to realize that he was never going to change and that if see stayed, it would drive her farther into depression, anger and regret.
And no one should have to live like that and more importantly, no child should have to live in that type of environment. If there are any women out there who are victims of abuse, please read this book and realize you're not alone. It's never too late to ask for help and there's no shame in that.
Jun 27, Barbara rated it really liked it.