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demons that still reside in it. She has tried to hide her pain with
booze and mindless sex, never letting anyone close.
calls Emily for help, Emily knows she can’t say no. Paige’s
daughter Casey had been kidnapped and held for days in a foreign
land. Paige knows the only person who could understand what Casey is
going through would be Emily.
ways than one. Besides trying to help Casey work through her trauma,
Emily discovers someone remembers more about her past than anyone
else in town, and that someone is eager to pick up where they left
off.’In order for Emily to survive, she will have to confront her
own demons, the ones in her mind and the real ones waiting to finish
the job they started years before.
thoroughly compelling work of fiction.”
Guest Post by the Author
Where were you born / grew up at? What inspired you to write this book?
I was born and grew up in South Africa but have spent my adult life in the Kingdom of eSwatini, (Swaziland). Southern Africa has had the highest sexual assault rate in the world for many years and at the moment, in South Africa at least, things are getting truly out of hand. I have yet to meet a woman in South Africa who hasn’t been affected personally by sexual violence.
One of the things I’ve realized is that people who haven’t lived through it can’t begin to comprehend the depth of emotional and psychological damage sexual assault has on a person. There is no perfect recovery, and no matter how strong the person is, no matter the support system, the counselling, the life they manage to build after an assault, the victim is forever changed on every fundamental level. Regardless of age, it’s an innocence that’s taken away and can never be recovered. I find so often in books and media that the after-effects are smoothed over so people don’t have to deal with the brutal reality of life after sexual assault. One of the main messages I needed to get across in The Long Road Home was that recovery is hard. Living life after assault is messy and dark and sometimes downright awful. I wanted people to understand what these women live through and how it affects every aspect of their life.
But more than that, and so much more important than that, I needed to show that no matter what you go through, no matter how damages you think you are, and despite the fact that you can never be the same person you were before, you can recover. You can find happiness, you can find peace with the new version of yourself. Overcoming a trauma like that is by far the hardest thing you will ever do, but living life the best you can and finding happiness is the best revenge you can ever have.
the age of seven and considers parenting to be the greatest adventure
of her life. She lives in the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland,
where she works full-time and writes in the middle of the night.
After reading every book she owned or could borrow, she began writing
her own stories.
inspire her writing and give her valuable insight into the painful
world of addiction. She completely understands the need to start life
anew and the consequences such a decision triggers.
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