Escapegoat Daughter

A memoir of one woman's decision to go no contact with her family

Non-Fiction - Memoir
346 Pages
Reviewed on 12/20/2022
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Author Biography

Hello! My name is Misty Compton and I am a memoir author, co-author, and founding writer and editor of CoreCavity LLC. My first book, Escapegoat Daughter, has inspired many daughters raised by toxic mothers to heal from past traumas and pursue a healthy lifestyle. Through my writing, I help women grow, heal, and flourish after a difficult childhood and into the person they were meant to be! I had three goals behind my memoir: have it relate to other daughter's in similar circumstances, provide daughters with three different solutions if they are stuck in a toxic mother-daughter relationship, and remind daughters they are no longer victims once they are aware of the abuse. Don't live your life as a victim, heal from the experience and be the person you want to be.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Andy Hutchings for Readers' Favorite

A platitude that I often hear is that you should always be forgiving and loving toward your parents because ‘you’ve only got one family.’ This saying ignores the enormous damage that family members can do to us during our lives and assumes we have a responsibility to endure it instead of looking after ourselves. It was with appreciation that I read Misty Compton’s memoir of her journey to set firm and drastic boundaries with her family to facilitate her recovery from the cruel upbringing that she was subjected to. Escapegoat Daughter follows the author's journey after a seismic argument with her family led to her cutting ties and giving herself the room and mental freedom to flourish.

I value candor above all else when reading a memoir, and Misty Compton is an author who understands the importance of allowing herself to be an open book even during the most emotionally difficult recollections. I was particularly drawn by her reflections on the guilt and second-guessing that comes with such a life-altering decision as becoming estranged, despite understanding that it was essential for her well-being. Although being able to see the progress she had made in healing from her childhood, the little voice of doubt still found its way in to undermine that newly won confidence. Escapegoat Daughter is a beautiful reflection on a turbulent time, making the world of a child raised by a narcissist accessible and understandable to outsiders. It helps get the message out into the world that it’s a good thing to set boundaries with your family if you need to do so, and that loving yourself is not something to be ashamed of.