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This Does Not Leave This House by Julie Coons – Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis:

How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience?
Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave.
Suffering from physical and mental torment resulting in very low self-esteem, Julie often felt so completely alone during the many struggles of her life that she tried to take her own life.
This book is her true story—telling all the secrets she was never allowed to tell to encourage and motivate others to heal their own lives and break the cycle of abuse.
Her story shows that there is hope and life after abuse.
Now that the secrets are finally out, Julie has found freedom.
So can you.
This Does Not Leave This House is a raw, poignant, and secret-revealing memoir written to lead a movement to break the silence of abuse and finally end its vicious cycle. With strength and resiliency, Coons provides a voice for the silent abused, letting them know they’re not alone. Justice and hope can prevail. The abused can become victorious.
Read the heartbreaking true story of her journey to triumph above overwhelming obstacles.

When Julie Coons first reached out to us to share her story, she had the catchiest way to capture our attention: she sent us a picture of her beautiful granddaughter and equally adorable fur-grandbaby – who looks oh-so similar to our own Rascal!  The way to our hearts is obviously through our furchildren.

Why is it so important to break the cycle of abuse?  Because breaking the cycle in your family will not only benefit your own children but their children too, and hopefully many generations to come.

This Does Not Leave This House, Julie Coons

I personally felt like the story was extremely conversational, like I was having a glass of wine with the author and swapping life stories (p.s. Julie, if you’re ever in N.C., let me know and we can make this happen!).  This lended more authenticity to the story and made it even more heartbreaking to hear.

I truly commend Julie for the fact that while she’s sharing her story, she’s also bringing to light societal shortcomings for victims of abuse.  For example, while sharing her stories of growing up left-handed at a Catholic school (which, according to a brief Google search, was considered inferior at best and “servants of the Devil” at worst), she also took the chance to address the pain experienced by her classmates.  Similarly, in describing the aftermath of her rape, she shared the lack of comfort and support for rape victims at the time.  I absolutely know these topics were not easy to discuss, but in doing she’s not only sharing her own experiences but also pointing out the need for a change in the system.

This was a very quick – but very heavy – read that leaves me with the utmost respect for all that Julie has overcome and hope that others with stories similar to her own will continue to feel comfortable with coming forward to share.  Psychological abuse and emotional manipulation resonate with so many people and I definitely believe her story is one worth sharing. Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a review copy.  It’s my privilege to share my honest thoughts with our readers.



3 thoughts on “This Does Not Leave This House by Julie Coons – Book Review

    1. Thank you so much! It definitely was an emotional,timely story, and I hope people can continue to learn from Julie’s story and share their own stories.

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