Posted by: michelle @ books my kids read | March 31, 2009

If I Am Missing or Dead

If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation
If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation
by Janine Latus

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was amazing and horrifying at the same time. I thought that the story was going to be about Amy Latus who was murdered by her boyfriend. But truly, this book is about the circle of abuse that many women face and more specifically, the abuse that Janine Latus lived through. Her sister Amy’s story is also obviously interwoven since she is trying to explain how such mental and physical violence could happen to two sisters.

This was one of our book club books that we picked in an effort to get away from the “personal journey” books we’ve been reading. It was a huge departure but it is also a book that forces you to think about the decisions that we make for ourselves and those that are to a certain degree made for us. There is a cycle of violence in women, in children, in families that is such a struggle to get out of. Janine Latus’s story is painful but has the hope of redemption, if not her sisters, at least her own.

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