Invisible Damage was published in ebook format on May 17th with a paperback version to follow shortly. It is the story of a woman, Sam, who has left her abusive husband Jason. She has taken their thirteen year old daughter Molly and fled to her mother’s house. However, her mother is far from supportive and Sam knows she has to move on.
Sam applies for a post in a small village school in Kent. It is a world away from the vibrant and diverse area of London in which she teaches, but she has no expectation of getting the job.
The story explores the impact of coercive control and Sam’s struggle to make a new life for herself in a very unfamiliar environment. She writes a blog, and this enables her to adopt an alternative persona – someone who is strong and confident; the person she would like to be. At the same time, Sam is plagued by the memories of what Jason did to her and life in the country proves to be anything but peaceful.
I was inspired to write this book by the experiences of a friend who overcame the impact of such a relationship. I felt it was important to write about what she told me, but also to celebrate the strength and resilience of the human spirit her story demonstrates. The characters and the setting are all fictional, but the background is grounded in reality.
Ultimately, Invisible Damage is a book about courage, hope and recovery.
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