Invisible Wounds

An Inside Story

Non-Fiction - Memoir
282 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2024
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Reviewed by Alicia DeBerry for Readers' Favorite

Is it possible to be whole again after experiencing a traumatic event? Alexis Faere considers this question in her memoir documenting her journey to recovery after being kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Invisible Wounds: An Inside Story. Having faced this immense challenge, she wants to help individuals experiencing various life traumas find a way to express, accept, and cope with their trauma, transforming from victim to survivor and beyond. Allowing herself to be vulnerable and brave, Alexis explains the steps she took to regain her empowerment and how she successfully integrated this event into her identity. Through acknowledging and understanding the need for validation, she outlines a map of the turmoil she suffered to provide a beacon of hope during the lifetime journey of the recovery process. 

Alexis Faere has written a personal masterpiece that helps those who have experienced the trauma of sexual assault in Invisible Wounds. As I was reading, I experienced the feeling of the creation of a safe place to confront the thoughts going through my mind concerning past traumas. I appreciated the author's vulnerability, strength, and guidance provided in each chapter. The idea that your trauma is a historical event that happened in your life and does not define you resonated deeply with me. I was moved by how she learned to trust her intuition again and forgive. I recommend that readers who need motivation and are looking for a way to provide a step toward self-help and begin healing due to hardship or grief get this book.

Divine Zape

Haunting and illuminating, Invisible Wounds: An Inside Story by Alexis Faere is a raw memoir that chronicles the author's journey from victim to survivor after experiencing a harrowing kidnapping and rape. Kidnapped at knifepoint and viciously raped, the author went through the worst period of her life. Her memoir captures her internal struggles with uncommon clarity and honesty, from denial through harrowing psychological turmoil to acceptance and the healing journey. Through her poignant narrative, Faere provides readers with an intimate look into the challenging process of trauma recovery and healing.

Alexis Faere's unwavering honesty and vulnerability shine as she recounts her ordeal and its aftermath. From the chilling descriptions of her abduction and assault to her struggles with denial and self-image issues, she lays bare the full extent of her trauma with unflinching honesty. Readers are invited into her innermost thoughts and emotions, experiencing firsthand the profound impact of the trauma on her psyche and identity. Despite the dark subject, Invisible Wounds is a story of hope and healing, surprisingly filled with luminous light to guide readers struggling with any traumatic experience. The author underlines the importance of getting help and finding support in her relationships with family, friends, and fellow survivors. Her evolution from victim to survivor is inspiring and empowering, brilliantly written in a book filled with wisdom and hope. While Faere's story is deeply personal, her insights and reflections will resonate with anyone who has experienced trauma or knows someone who has. By sharing her story, the author offers survivors validation and understanding and fosters empathy and awareness among readers.

Emma Megan

Invisible Wounds: An Inside Story is a challenging yet hopeful book detailing Alexis Faere's experience of being kidnapped and raped and her road to recovery. It's a personal story of sexual abuse, trauma, fear, endurance, survival, and personal growth. Alexis's life forever changed when she accepted to go on a blind date, not knowing that it would end in her being kidnapped. For 23 horrible hours, Alexis tried to do anything to stay alive and learn as much as possible about her kidnapper, who held her at knifepoint, so she could report him if she ever got away. The author also tells readers about her journey back home and what happened next. She wanted her life to get back to normal, but the impact of this horrible experience marked her for life. Alexis carefully warns the reader when there are details to come in the narrative that may be triggering to some.

Invisible Wounds is a testament to a woman's courage, strength, and determination to take back her life, integrate a traumatic experience into her identity, and emerge with dignity and resilience. Alexis Faere shows how devastating the physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of sexual abuse are and how they can last a lifetime. This unforgettable true story helps us learn how to understand what anyone who has endured abuse of any type is going through, including their thoughts, feelings, and fears. It reminds us that we have to accept the ugly experiences as a part of our lives, but these don't have to define us, and that recovery isn't always linear or easy, and it can take a lifetime. This memoir a must-read, even though it's raw, often uncomfortable, and painful.