Much like Broken Pieces, Broken Places is a fractured collection of personal essays and poetry focused primarily on the childhood sexual abuse she suffered though time is spent on the dissolution of one adult relationship and the hopeful dreams of another.
Be forewarned, there may be parts that are difficult for some to read but those parts are the most important portions; they are what allow us into the author's deepest recesses and allow an understanding of what csa can do to a person.
Though less angry than Pieces, Places brings more sadness; instead of casting hate at the cretin who abused her, she's showing more of the depression that the heinous acts created - that she didn't even realize at the time. Not all the snark and venom spitting is gone, of course, but this really is a deeper dive into the fractured psyche she's spent her life rebuilding.
Childhood Sexual Assault is a serious issue and it takes public figures like Rachel to not only bring it to people's attention but to also put a face to it; she does this not just to tell a story, her story, but to make all stories known, even if just peripherally. She's laying her innermost shit right there for everyone to see. Look at it, understand it. And know what it's life to survive.
Now, stop reading this review already and just buy the damn thing.
Award-winning author Rachel Thompson courageously confronts the topics of sexual abuse and suicide, love and healing, in her second nonfiction book of prose: Broken Places. The sequel to Rachel's first nonfiction book, Broken Pieces, Rachel bares her soul in essays, poems and prose, addressing life's most difficult topics with honesty. As you follow one woman's journey through the dark and into the light, you will find yourself forever changed. Rachel's first book in this series, Broken Pieces, has been a #1 best seller on Amazon (eBooks) on Women's Poetry and Abuse. Please note: this book discusses serious topics, and is intended for mature audiences only.
Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released Broken Places and the award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. For affordable group sessions check out Author Social Media Boot Camp, monthly sessions to help all authors! Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly.
Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs and the live Twitter chat, #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with certified therapist/survivor, Bobbi Parish.
She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.