Title: Letters Written In White
Author: Kathryn Perez
Genre: Magical Realism
Book Blitz: November 30 - December 2
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Hosted by: S.B.B. Promotions
I’m cold and alone and I’m dead. There’s no air in my lungs. My chest is as cold and hollow as a cave on a snow-capped mountain side. My heart no longer beats there. Frigid winds whistle through my ribs and the sadness inside me weeps like my favorite tree.
Days ago, I met with death face to face. The mirror, our meeting place. My two darkened green eyes stared deeply into hers. I tilted my head to the side. She did too.
“It’s time,” I whispered.
“It’s time,” she whispered.
And with that I turned away from her, the woman in the mirror who knew all of my secrets and all of my pain. I walked away from her and yet we’d never been closer than we were in that moment. The inner struggle was over. No more arguing with the woman in the mirror. No more arguing with myself. The choice was made. She was the victor. Or was I?
That was the day Riah Winter died.
Review by Jenny
3.75-4 Heartbreaking Stars
This book is raw, and quite different than anything I've read before. It's real and in your face, without the typical story line many readers have become accustomed to having. It deals with issues that are difficult for many to discuss. Depression affects so many individuals, and I'm happy that Kathryn has tackled this subject.
Where the story lacked was in its length. It's VERY short, ending at 60% before going to real life letters submitted to, and included by the author. I felt it difficult to fully connect with the characters because the story was so condensed. I wanted more of Riah, more about why she was the way she was, more of her daily struggle, more about her relationship with her husband & kids, more of her thoughts. The author should consider this a compliment, because she penned such a poignant story, I was truly disappointed I didn't have those details I longed for.
Hours after finishing the story, I still have a knot in my stomach. I will recommend this book to others because awareness needs to be raised about the horrors of untreated, undiagnosed, and/or uncontrolled depression. Thanks for writing this story, Kathryn.
Kathryn lives in her small East Texas hometown with her family. She 's a music infused writer and self-proclaimed book junkie. When she isn't listening to music, writing or reading you'll probably find her watching her favorite sport, UFC.