Tainted Love

Behind Closed Doors Book 1

Fiction - Womens
197 Pages
Reviewed on 03/06/2016
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Reviewed by Ica Iova for Readers' Favorite

Tainted Love by Erin Cawood is a story that touches on domestic violence shared by the protagonist — Faith McKenzie — through letters to her younger brother. In her letters, Faith describes the slow decay of her marriage as her beloved psychiatrist husband, Calvin, ten years her senior, goes from a charming man who sweeps her off her feet to a controlling, manipulative, and abusive spouse. As it usually happens in these cases, the abused woman disregards the red flags and even finds excuses and justifications for her abuser's escalating violence against her. Faith has no doubt in her mind that Calvin loves her — all she needs to do is figure out what it is she does wrong and try harder not to upset him. But the cycle of abuse continues as Faith tries to hide it from her family, her children, and everyone around her until she is forced to face the truth — her life, and possibly her children’s lives, are in danger. Shadowed by fear and self-doubt, she finally gets the strength to leave, only partly aware of what the future holds.

Told in simple expository language, Tainted Love is a spellbinding, raw, eye-opening novel of the mind. Cawood brings to light a difficult, realistic insight into the mind and rationale of an abused woman. The story is easy to read and hard to put down, in spite of the difficult topic. The rule of what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors is conveyed with accuracy in an often overlooked setting of well to do families.