This is a new author for me, and when I read the synopsis and reviews I knew I had to read it. Out Of The Shadows is written from Dane’s point of view. Which is normally not the POV you’re used to, and tells his story of living with an abusive wife who uses their son against him. I really loved this book as you don’t hear about men going through this very often, like you do women. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard at a book before. Theresa absolutely gives you ALL THE EMOTIONS. This story is well written and the characters are amazing. I can’t wait to read ANYTHING Theresa writes!
I cried. A lot while reading this book. And it was such a well written book too. The topic is one that isn’t talked about; you don’t hear about women abusing men. Dane’s wife is more than cruel in many ways. Especially since she uses their son against Dane. This book is a real eye opener. And its pretty amazing. Just wish it was a bit longer.
Out of the Shadows by Theresa Sederholt is a well written book everyone should give a chance.
Dane has a horrific secret. Not only is he ashamed, he knows that exposing his secret comes with great risk. Unfortunately, he can’t keep his secret anymore and he may lose the very person he was protecting because of it.
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book but it was such a deep story. This book was very well written given the subject matter. It really shed light on the lack of resources for men who are victims of domestic violence. It’s really easy to forget that women aren’t the only victims and this book did a great job addressing such a difficult subject. I highly recommend this book!
Out of The Shadows by Theresa Sederholt
5 out of 5 Stars
Dane Johnson, a man so broken by the secret he is holding that it is tearing him apart. Warning that this book may trigger some people who are sensitive to acts of violence, both mentally and on some base, physically, so If you are more tenderhearted than others, this book may be a bit much for you, so tread carefully.
Having said all of that, this book is beautifully written from Dane’s point of view. While not wanting to give you too much of what happens, this story is so heartbreaking, so emotionally charged, and so devastating that you are both crying and cheering for Dane at the same time. I feel that I am a better person for reading this book. I highly recommend this book for lovers of all book genres.
Reviewed by @kgregory
Out Of The Shadows by Theresa Sederholt was a super emotional read. Unlike anything I have leaped into before. My heart felt for Dane and Brady. It was a shock to read the situation from a man’s point of view, definitely something under represented. I was torn between stopping for emotional breaks and also just reading straight in one sitting.
Out Of The Shadows
by Theresa Sederholt
OMG this story wrecked me emotionally. Dane is a 30 something year old man who is keeping a secret in hopes of protecting himself and his 13 year old son. One night changes everything and now everyone is going to know the secret he has been keeping, but that’s not even his biggest worry, he might lose his son. This story gripped me from the start. The author did an exceptional job writing this story and opening my eyes to a new perspective. This book touched my heart and in a way that I don’t have words to express. I am just going to say this is a 5 star read and I highly recommend this story.
Firstly if I could give this more stars I would! Wow, just Wow.
“This is a journey into one man’s hell, with the hope that it will help others find the strength to be able to say, I need help”.
Out of the Shadows by Theresa Sederholt is a story about Dane Johnson and his teenage son Brady, they both share a secret and that is that they are both victims of domestic violence at the hands of Julie, Dane’s teenage sweetheart and Brady’s mother. Sederholt takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster as we are given a glimpse into Dane and Brady’s life. Told from their point of views it is so well written that I felt I was there with them, I felt what they were feeling. I was there as Brady cowers in his closet with his noise cancelling headphones on and when Dane has a glass or a mug thrown at him from across the room which only misses him because he has got so used to dodging flying objects that his wife has thrown.
This novel is not only a great read but it also has such a powerful message about domestic violence in particular when the victim is the man in the relationship rather than the ‘normal’ scenario in books which focuses on the women as the victim. Everything that happens has such a ring of truth to it that I was overcome with emotions reading this gripping domestic drama. I won’t give away any spoilers but things do come to a dramatic head and Dane and Brady’s secrets have to come out. Along with a selection of other great characters all of whom have their own detailed backstory the plot moves along at a fast pace.
With the help of Brady’s best friend Danni and guidance counsellor Abby who is battling her own demons as a victim of her husbands violence towards her in the past and lawyer Josh, father and son realise they are not alone and that for anything to change they need to ask for help.
A clever twist near the end is how Sederholt suddenly gives us a chapter from Julie’s point of view and suddenly we see the situation not from victims Dane and Brady’s view point but from the women causing the violence.
I literally could not put this book down, full of twists and turns it was an unpredictable read, the drama builds with each chapter and leads to a dramatic outcome. I feel the book is very sympathetically written by the author and that she has done her research into domestic violence.
I hope this book does what the author obviously intended and that is not just to give us a brilliant novel to read but also to raise awareness of domestic violence in all forms. Information is given at the end of the book of organisations who can help those experiencing domestic violence and also alcohol addiction.
I can not recommend this book highly enough.
Out of the Shadows by Theresa Sederholt a fulfilling five-star read. Considering this is such a short read, my emotions feel like I have read a huge saga I can’t believe the author managed to fill so much emotional power in these few pages, it shows us what a talented author we have here. This is a powerful story about secrets, emotions and Dane. Get ready to read this story with tissues and something to comfort you, wine or chocolate and possibly an animal if you have one to hand to snuggle up to as they will help (and if you get desperate the are useful to wipe on). This will leave you with a great sense for other people and what they may face in life, it will open you up and leave you raw, but don’t despair as its so worth reading.
Out Of The Shadows was an emotional 5 star read.
I was pulled in right from the beginning.
My heart broke right from the beginning with what Dane was going through. Dane is in an abusive relationship and things take a tragic twist and Dane and his son Brady’s lives are turned upside down. Dane was trying to protect his son but now that their secret is out things have changed.
Will Dane get out of his situation before it’s too late?
Overall I really enjoyed this read. My emotions were all over the place. This is a story that had the abuse victim as the husband in the marriage and it really makes you think and realize that this is a reality for some. This author has done a great job of pulling you in with her writing. All of the secondary characters were great. I had a few ugly cry moments as well. I will warn that there may be triggers for some. If you’re looking for a great emotional read, 1-click and get started today. I look forward to reading more from this author.
OH MY GOODNESS!! OH MY GOODNESS!! This story is one of the best stories I have read in a long time. Theresa Sederholt can build a world in her writings that I was catapulted into. Her character development is complex. Her plot line is engaging and I could not put the book down until I finished it. This story is about Dane. He has a secret that he does not want to come out of his closet, but that may be happening. He is on a fast lane to hell. Will Dane be able to climb his way out of hell? Can he remain strong? I highly recommend this book.
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