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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Through the Glass Review


Shannon Moroney was out-of-town when a police officer arrived at her hotel room to tell her that her husband, Jason, was in custody after confessing to the kidnapping and sexual assault of two women. Thrust onto a traumatic journey of grief, stigma and guilt-by-association, Shannon became determined not to allow betrayal and violence to consume her. Her best-selling memoir,Through the Glass, is an intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the human heart in which she reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason's crimes, the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders and the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes retribution over rehabilitation, and victim hood over recovery.

My Review

This was a look in to the private life of a wife of a man who commits a heinous crime. When we see stories on the news we always have something to say and many thoughts about the person who commits the crime and their victims. What about the family of the perpetrator? We may see a short news clip where they say a few snippets. What happens when the camera isn't there though? That's what this book is about. Shannon speaks of her experience, her feelings, and how she's treated and portrayed with stark honesty. She shares her feelings and the gut wrenching decisions shes's forced to make with her readers with no excuses for how she feels or what she did. The story is engaging and brings up so many questions to contemplate. This would be a great discussion book for a book club or for novice readers alike. I was so intrigued by this story and had trouble putting it down. I give this book a 5/5!

About the Author

Since 2008, Shannon has been addressing audiences around the world. Her memoir, Through the Glass, was published in Canada in 2011 where it became an instant national bestseller and nominee for several awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. In 2012, it was published internationally. 

Shannon now lives in Toronto, Canada, where she is remarried and the mother of twins. A volunteer with Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE), she is also a contributor to the international Forgiveness Project. 

In 2012, Shannon's interview for CBC's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonte was named among the top 10 in the programs 10 years on air. It is currently on the Top Ten list at the international Empathy Library.

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