Entangled in Darkness

Rated 3.38/5 based on 19 reviews
This was supposed to be the time of her life. Annalyn Johanssen was done with high school, done with living at home with her overbearing family. Moved out and now roommates with her best friend of forever, Annalyn was starting university. A new beginning, she thought. But as much as she hoped to get away from the unhappiness of adolescence, she soon found herself spiraling into darkness. More

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Words: 88,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9780986775000
About Lindsey Webster

Lindsey Webster graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and endeavored to get another degree in mental health in accordance with her passion for mental health and for the darker side of life that encompasses mental illness, disorder, abuse, trauma and anything else that challenges the soul. Her writing explores this world and has been inspired by her own struggles with darkness, disorder, and chaos. Her novel, Entangled in Darkness, delves into the breath of bipolar disorder and a family's struggle with mental illness. Her other passions include writing poetry and journalling. She lives with her many pets in Canada and continues her work in mental health and continues to write.

Reviews

Review by: GMTA PUBLISHING on July 16, 2011 :
LINDSEY WEBSTER'S "ENTANGLED IN DARKNESS" (REVIEW)

The story of a college-aged girl named Annalyn's descent into the dark confines of insanity. Feeling that her home-life is a wreck and in the constant position of dealing with her father's violent anger, she begins to lose her grip on reality and tries to commit suicide. Slowly her own darkness starts to consume her younger sister Janey causing her to end her life tragically by stabbing herself.

This story was haunting and extremely dark and scary as you realize just how easy it is to slip so far into depression that you can't even claw your way out. A story with an ending you won't soon forget. "Entangled in Darkness", is a great read!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: justinsgirl2017 on July 04, 2011 : (no rating)
This book starts out with a new high school graduate that is looking forward to starting a life of her own. She is the middle daughter of a not so loving and supportive family. Her younger sister loves her and admires her, a mother that loves her, and a father...that yells and seems indifferent to her. Not to long into her studies, she has a long episode of depression and life spirals down from there. Through her mental illness journey, you learn a lot about the family, their dynamics, and how living with a mental illness can change everything.
I really enjoyed this book, especially because of my connection to healthcare. I recognized her mental illness and enjoyed the authors the detailed description. I thought this book was very thought out and I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on June 03, 2011 :
If you have a family member that has a mental illness then you should read this book. It does an excellent job of helping to explain what goies on in the mind of someone with a mental illness. Annalyn moves out into the adult world and when the stress hits she starts a downward spiral that is terrifying to witness.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on June 02, 2011 :
A wonderful concept and idea behind this book by author Lindsey Webster. A dark tale of a family's struggle with mental illness and t he repercussions it has on everyone, not just the one who is suffering.

Meet Annalyn. She's newly moved from her parents home, starting university and she's dating a pretty great guy. In a domino affect every bright spot in her life is brought low and shrouded in darkness. She finds herself unable to crawl from the darkness pervading her mind, as well as the literal darkness created by her blanket.

After a suicide attempt she finds herself in love with life and brimming with excitement. All of which comes to a screeching halt when entering the psych ward. There she is diagnosed as Bipolar and now the effects of her illness reverberate her family. The stuck up older sister becomes nice and the younger loving sister hates her. And the dark secret of her parents is revealed to a horrifying result.

The author's ability to bring one to the brink of madness with Annalynn was excellent. There were times when I could feel for Annalyn because who hasn't had a day when we feel overwhelmed and how easy it would be to stay under the covers then to get up. However the actual form of the writing made it difficult to follow closely. The story needs a very strong editing hand and corrections for the conversations. I became very lost as well in the drastic time jumps. Although possibly done on purpose to show the characters spiral it was very difficult to stay on course when reading. Often I needed a moment and a break before I went back to re-read and find the timeline again.

With some good re-work this has the potential to be a strong story that could be enjoyed and understood by many.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cassie on May 31, 2011 :
I was a lucky winner of Entangled in Darkness in a Library Thing giveaway.

This might be one of the most personal reviews I write. When I learned that this book dealt with a psychological disorder, I was certainly interested since I also hold a BA in Psychology and plan to work in the mental health field. Much of my life, I personally have dealt with depression and anxiety, partially inherited from my father—another similarity with this read.

As I read through the first third of Entangled in Darkness, I was immediately wrapped up in the intensity and darkness of Annalyn’s story. It brought up a lot of personal memories and feelings for me. My life certainly wasn’t exactly like hers, but I could definitely identify with her helpless spiral into depression. That first night, I slept horribly because of the nightmares that the memories had brought on. The following day, I was in a total funk both from exhaustion and all the thoughts that were crowding my head. I actually had to take a break from the book to catch my breath.

When I continued, Annalyn was moving into the more manic stage of her disorder and starting to realize something more was going on. I identified less with her from this point, but I was no less enraptured with her life. Her relationship with her father was striking for me. Again, it was not exactly the same, but there were many similarities between their relationship and my own with my father.

Overall, I really liked this book. Lindsey absolutely knows about the darker side of mental illness—the side that often stays hidden within the person’s own mind. She describes this perfectly through Annalyn’s experiences and thoughts. The effect that it can have on family and friends is also flawlessly portrayed through her story. My only issue with the book is that sometimes the actual writing became a little repetitive, and there were several technical things that could have used a little cleaning up. I read the Kindle version, so the paperback might be somewhat different. Without all that, I probably would bump my rating up to 4-stars, because the actual story is very interesting and enlightening. I am curious now if Lindsey will continue the story or if she is just going to leave us hanging!

This review can also be found at www.gatheringleavesreviews.blogspot.com.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jill Lanning on May 24, 2011 : (no rating)
This was a difficult book to read due to the subject matter of depression & bipolar disorder & also what seemed to me to be a bit of schizophrenia thrown in for good measure. The author definitely knows her subject (mental illnesses) inside and out, but I felt the book lacked a smooth flowing sequencing of events. The main character Annalyn slips into the throes of mental illness shortly after embarking on an independent life away from her troubled family. She moves into an apartment & begins college and in short fashion, her troubles begin. I found it difficult to accept that it only took about one week on her own to fall into deep despair, and depression......I would have thought that she could have enjoyed life away from her obviously mentally ill and emotionally/mentally abusive father for at least a few months. However, in just one week away from her unpredictably angry and seemingly hate-filled father, she crumbles. My personal experience with despair and depression says it takes more than one week of attending college classes to have everything fall to pieces. The remainder of the story details her superspeed descent into total inability to function and the inability for anyone to help her help herself. Her family dynamics are skewed.....there's no explanation for the bitter rancor between her and her elder sister Lydia and the previously great relationship Annalyn had with her younger sister Janey is irrevocably damaged after Annalyn makes a futile suicide attempt. I would have found it more plausible that the younger sister would have been more forgiving given that the two had supposedly had such a close and caring relationship. The amount of rage and animosity and inability to forgive coming from the younger sister just did not ring true for me. The mother/daughter relationship was undefined which I find best illustrated by this: "Our mother was there, but she would only protect Janey as much as she could. And beyond that, our mother was so busy making him happy that she didn't really work on making us happy." Now that just sounds totally contradictory to me....which was she a mother that would protect as much as she could or a mother too absorbed in making her husband happy? That's quite a dichotomy. And the ending? Well, if you're not in a really happy place when you think about reading this book, then I wouldn't recommend reading it at all.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: AJ on May 22, 2011 :
Not a light easy read, Entangled in Darkness is actually well named, for it is a dark brooding story of struggle and adversity. It opens the door to a topic that is at the very least a mystery to many in this time.... the stigma of living with Mental Illness. Worth reading yes, disturbing, on some levels yes, but definitely worth reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shannon Walters on May 17, 2011 :
A very dark, depressing book about a girl moving out of her parents home for the first time. Starting college and finding it difficult and demanding, the being betrayed but a guy she likes/sort of dates, she spirals into some unreal pit of bi-polar, schizo, depression. I felt the characters were not developed enough to form any empathy for them. There was barely an explanation how she goes from totally fine and functioning to a total suicidal wreck over lifes normal stressors. Perhaps mental illness is exactly like this and I just dont get it. I hope that is the case.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rebecca on May 14, 2011 :
Entangled in Darkness is the first person account of a college freshman and her development on Bi-polar disorder. i like the concept and the fact that is showed the affect of the diseaseoon the sufferer and the family. It started dragging and lost my attention towards the end despite the drama unfolding in the story. Overall a good read if you are interested in the subject matter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laura P on May 12, 2011 :
Reading a book about mental illness and depression is not easy to do. However, this book brings awareness to the struggles of those who either battle the disease or live with someone who does. I talked with some friends about this book and I was surprised at the number of people who can relate this book to someone in their own lives. Even today, there is a stigma that is associated with the disease.
The author portrays many upsetting experiences within the book and apparently has first-hand knowledge that allowed her to do that. She was able to convey her message in a powerful way. However, on her next book, I would constructively suggest the use of a proofreader or reviewer to help deliver the message more effectively. Good job for a first effort.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on May 11, 2011 :
This intense book tells the story of one family's struggle with the mental illness of a daughter. This book was very interesting and well written. I would caution, however, this is not a feel good book and if you are not in the mood for an intense read I would wait on this one until you are.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cathy Shelton on May 11, 2011 : (no rating)
I was very disapponted in this book. I found the writing to be very choppy, jumping from one time period to another without a smooth transition. The content of the book is something that can be reworked and made into a good book with some guidance and work. I hope if the author writes more on this, or others subjects, that she will flesh out the story more and include more about the people the main character is involved with and how and why it affected their lives as well as her own. I don't know what time period this book was written or the location, but I hope that mental health care is not such a taboo subject in families today as when these events took place.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ashley Eisen on May 09, 2011 :
This book was really intense and sad. The author does a really great job of showing how mental illness not only affects the individual suffering the mental illness but also how it affects an entire family.

I enjoyed this book but there were a few things that the author could have improved. I didn't like how time would jump between paragraphs or even sentences and there were be no indication that you're at a different point in time, it would be nice if the time changed with a new chapter. Also, the ebook could have used a bit more editing, some of the words were spelled wrong or the wrong word was used.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tamara Montano on May 03, 2011 :
Such a tragic, but a gripping look into the world of bipolar disorder and the effects on a family. I love the way the narrator takes you into her mania thinking and suffering. The story grips you from the first word and does not let you go even at the last, you will consider to ponder the characters after the story is finished.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tamara Montano on May 03, 2011 :
Such a tragic, but a gripping look into the world of bipolar disorder and the effects on a family. I love the way the narrator takes you into her mania thinking and suffering. The story grips you from the first word and does not let you go even at the last, you will consider to ponder the characters after the story is finished.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tamara Montano on May 03, 2011 :
Such a tragic, but a gripping look into the world of bipolar disorder and the effects on a family. I love the way the narrator takes you into her mania thinking and suffering. The story grips you from the first word and does not let you go even at the last, you will consider to ponder the characters after the story is finished.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chris on April 29, 2011 :
This book has an interesting perspective on one women's journey into mental illness. It takes place just as the young woman is going to university and moving from her childhood home for the first time. The author has done a good job of setting the story up. There are some powerful images in this book, enough to make me tear up in places, and feel the anguish of the main character. It also showed how her family reacted to her journey. The book has some necessary difficult parts because of the feelings of the main character. I did find there were parts of the book that I did not enjoy as much, parts I felt the need to skim. It dragged in parts when I found it took away from the story. I wanted to know what was going to happen, yet I felt stuck. Of course this could have been intentional by the author, as the main character did feel stuck in places. For me it took away from the book. Overall I will recommend this book to people who I know might be interested in this topic. Although I thought it could be better in parts, I still enjoyed reading it. I would read more by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A Donahue on April 25, 2011 :
Excellent book. An extremely intense story that goes deep into the world of mental illnesses. I found it very difficult to put this book down as I was so drawn to this story. Webster does a great job of describing each character....by the end of the novel, I felt as though I've known the Johanssen family for years! A very well written novel that I would highly reccomend to anyone looking for a dark yet intriguing read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Amber Carroll on April 20, 2011 :
Annalyn is a new university student with a bright future ahead of her. Always at the top of her class she looks forward to university and her newfound independence with great excitement. She is ready to break away from her family and her dad's extreme moodiness. After only a couple days at university Annalyn feels a crushing depression that leaves her unable to get out of bed. This book is an amazingly heartbreaking and intense story of a family's struggle with mental illness. This story is a fascinating look into mental illness and how it affects not only the person dealing with the illness but the entire family as well.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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