Reader’s Favorite review of Tainted Love by Erin Cawood

4 **** Tainted Love by Erin Cawood is a story that touches on domestic violence shared by the protagonist—Faith McKenzie—through letters to her younger brother. In her letters, Faith describes the slow decay of her marriage as her beloved psychiatrist, ten years her senior, husband, Calvin, goes from a charming man who sweeps her off her feet to a controlling, manipulative, and abusive husband. As it usually happens in these cases, the abused woman disregards the red flags and even finds excuses and justifications for her abuser’s escalating violence against her. Faith has no doubt in her mind that Calvin loves her—all she needs to do is figure out what it is she does wrong and try harder not to upset him. But the cycle of abuse continues as Faith tries to hide it from her family, her children and everyone around her until she is forced to face the truth—her life, and possibly her children’s lives, are in danger. Shadowed by fear and self-doubt, she finally gets the strength to leave, only partly aware of what the future holds.

Told in simple expository language, Tainted Love, is a spellbinding, raw eye-opening novel of the mind. Cawood brings to light a difficult, realistic insight into the mind and rationale of an abused woman. The story is easy to read and hard to put down in spite of the difficult topic. The rule of what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors is conveyed with accuracy in an often unlooked setting of well to do families. I had only one issue with the book—the suggestive (and sometimes quite descriptive) bedroom scenes shared with her brother felt unrealistic, and they didn’t add to the story.

 

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