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RH Ramsey is a military wife, mother of two and author with Inknbeans Press. Over the course of nine years, RH has diligently researched topics ranging from but not limited to: relationships, addiction, abuse and mental illness.
RH has written several novels, many short stories with many works in progress. Just recently, her novel, Just Beneath the Surface, found its way into her local library catalog.
With a passion for people, helping and learning, she hopes to continue in her quest of learning from and inspiring others.
on Oct. 03, 2014 :
This an unusual story told in a highly unusual way. Monroe and her son's back story would be a novel in of itself. A tragic tale ripped from the headlines concerning a mass shooting. What we have left from those headlines is of course the survivors, complete with their guilt, confusion, fear, and anger. Their story is told from three points of view, that of the wife, her son, and her best friends son. The relationships between these characters is complex and painful. It is also highly dysfunction. The result is a very adult oriented psychological twist of contemporary fiction. The title refers to a strong and dark memory that the wife revisits as she tries to make sense of the trauma which threatens to destroy her. Anyone who has been through a severe trauma can relate to the constant replay of certain memories. The desperate attempt by the mind to try and put events in to context and order. The realism with which this story is recounted is sometimes difficult but always honest. Coupled with an ending that is as unexpected as it is logical, it is the realism that makes this novel work. It is gritty, honest, and thought provoking as it touches on some tough areas along with some sweet tender moments that draw the characters close to the readers heart, each in their own way.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on Oct. 03, 2014 :
It was hard for me to read this book and is even harder for me to describe in a way that does it justice. It is a novel about pain, about tragedy and trauma and what that does to people. It is also about addiction. But that description does not touch on the impact it had on me. Ramsey makes her characters so real I feel their pain as my own. I struggle right along with them as they battle their demons.
When a tortured man suffering from PTSD kills several people, including two of his sons what happens to his wife and the one son that he left alive? How to they cope with the unexplainable, the loss, the stigma. How do they relate to each other? And how are the others they are in contact with relate to them, especially when they, too, have unresolved issues?
The answers are tough to read – but they are real. Oh yes, very real.
Previously I had only an intellectual understanding of addiction. Now, upon living with these characters in such an intimate way for a while, I truly believe I understand. I understand what brings us to try drugs, and I understand the irresistible lure of the release from unbearable pain they can bring, a release which makes it so, so difficult to break loose from its hold.
I almost stopped reading this, it was so painful, as I too, suffer from PTSD. But I read it all and I’m so glad I did. If you begin, please read until the very end. If not you’ll never get all of the message.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)