Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review for Heckled by Valarie Savage Kinney


Our own minds can be our biggest enemy...

What an absolutely heart breaking book in some respects.  Exxel is a man trying to so hard to fight his personal demons, but the one that is hitting him the hardest is the Scot that constantly belittles him and tells him to end it all.  This Scotsman is not a man anyone else can see.  It is a product of Exxel's issues that he has had since basically forever.  After seeing therapists, trying pills, and other not so legal things, about the only thing that helps some it seems is his endless obsession with gambling and drinking.  His poor pregnant wife, Helena, is one strong woman as she does her best to help him through things, but everything begins to go further and further down hill.  Now, I don't know much about mental issues, but if I had to guess, this guy had a more than just depression as one.  It just goes to show how absolutely important it is to get not just any help, but the right kind of help for those who are struggling.  This book seems to strongly show just how many issues those with depression and more have to live through day in and day out.

Exxel Jensen has spent his life finding ways to rid himself of the Heckler, and failed miserably. On the surface, his future is bright: a beautiful wife, a child on the way, and a career he loves as a stand up comedian.

Beneath the surface lurks the darkness: crippling depression, anxiety, and alcoholism.

Helena Jensen has seen her husband spiral downward before and feels helpless to stop it as she watches him falling again. She would do anything to help him, anything to diminish the pain that plagues him.

Exxel knows she would, and he also knows she can’t. Because the person fueling his depression and addictions is someone she can’t see.

And how can he explain the Heckler to anyone, when he doesn’t even understand it himself?


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