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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
In her memoir It Never Took, Terrah Hancock relates the years she was growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her father beat her regularly, both parents refused to believe she was raped by her father’s younger brother Keith, and her mother constantly gaslighted her. Her sister Veronica was the golden child, Terrah was the scapegoat. Despite years of trying, they were never able to bring her into line with their expectations. Despite being forthright and confident on the outside, inside she suffered from a lack of self-worth, diminished confidence, and one bad choice led to more. Married four times, she was unable to sustain a relationship and chose unhealthy relationships. She moved jobs, states, and homes several times, but her early years followed her. She has laid her soul bare in this memoir which resonated with me as I too suffered an abusive childhood.
It Never Took by Terrah Hancock is not an easy read. Every time she made the wrong choices, I felt like screaming, ‘Stop, don’t do it!’ Only in her adult years was she diagnosed with C-PTSD and bipolar disorder. She explains her therapy sessions and her relations with family members so clearly you felt you were right there beside her. I particularly liked Gram, the most affectionate member of the family who also refused to ‘be tamed’ and who supported Terrah while she was still alive. It was amazing to read about the therapy sessions since these are common in America and rare in Europe. The short chapters encouraged me to read on, the text flowed seamlessly, and at no time did I have to re-read to remember who was who. The author writes openly and honestly about her experiences and her book may help others who know they do not fit into society but have no idea why, or how to get help. I wish her success with her book.