Official Review: Why She has to Die by Shirley Scott

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Official Review: Why She has to Die by Shirley Scott

Post by kdstrack » 23 Mar 2018, 16:05

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Why She has to Die" by Shirley Scott.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Why She Has to Die by Shirley Scott is a novel based on the true events of a domestic violence dispute.

Alex and Stephanie have been together for twelve years. Things have gone downhill after several difficult events. Stephanie feels she has been contributing more than her share to the relationship by holding down several jobs, paying and caring for two houses and several rescued animals. Alex’s participation includes remodeling the cabin, doing yard and fieldwork, and helping out with the feeding of the animals. Pent-up feelings soon give way to unkind and harsh words. Everything culminates in a violent encounter involving shouting, pushing, guns, and police.

The setting is rural Oregon. The troubled couple lives in a cabin in the woods. They live an isolated life and are an hour’s drive away from the nearest town. The author uses conversations to portray the emotional state and thinking process of the couple.

After the authorities become involved, the relationship is further stressed by a slow moving justice system. There are so many rules and restrictions that must be followed. The author shows how many of these augment the emotional struggle and pain of the couple.

Many of the chapters are actually paired. First you will hear one side of the story and then the other person will explain their perspective of what happened. As each one tells their story, the author allows the reader to be the jury. We see how both struggle to find what it was that led to this outcome of what was a loving and companionable living situation. Just when you have been convinced by the arguments of one person, the other begins to tell his version. Now you must decide whom you believe.

Scott does an excellent job of presenting both sides of a painful and stress-filled situation. The pacing may seem slow at times, but actually the author is showing how the justice system really works. I found this to be a very moving and compelling story of a life-changing situation experienced by many in our society .

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Scott has a masterful way of telling a story. I was intrigued right up to the unexpected ending. Unfortunately, there are numerous grammar and spelling errors. I would recommend this book to people who study human relationships. Counselors and therapists would enjoy this book. If you have been a victim of domestic violence this book would be disturbing as the author writes in a very realistic way.

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Post by Sharon2056 » 24 Mar 2018, 09:24

Great review! will definitely read the book

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Post by Seaside53 » 24 Mar 2018, 10:44

This sounds like a very hard and realistic read. I have never been hit by a man, but I have been abused in other ways by them, so I have sort of an idea what the characters are going through. I will have to add this to my reading collection soon. I believe I will be torn between two characters in some ways, since there are two sides to every story. Regardless, I'm sure it will be entertaining and awakening for me.

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Post by ChelleLynnC » 24 Mar 2018, 14:14

Your review makes a strong statement. It definitely makes me want to read this book. A plus from your review is letting readers know it tells each person’s side to the story and makes you question who is telling the truth! Thanks for a great review!

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Post by kdstrack » 24 Mar 2018, 16:00

Sharon2056 wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 09:24
Great review! will definitely read the book
Thanks, Sharon. Hope you enjoy it!

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Post by kdstrack » 24 Mar 2018, 16:16

Seaside53 wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 10:44
This sounds like a very hard and realistic read. I have never been hit by a man, but I have been abused in other ways by them, so I have sort of an idea what the characters are going through. I will have to add this to my reading collection soon. I believe I will be torn between two characters in some ways, since there are two sides to every story. Regardless, I'm sure it will be entertaining and awakening for me.
I really liked the way this book was written. The paired chapters were so interesting. Hope it gives you some insights. Thanks for reading.

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Post by kandscreeley » 24 Mar 2018, 19:10

I'm a bit confused. Isn't there usually a victim and an abuser in domestic violence situations? Are they both abusers here? In any situation, it sounds like an interesting perspective. I don't know that it's for me. Thanks, though.
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Post by kdstrack » 24 Mar 2018, 19:49

kandscreeley wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 19:10
I'm a bit confused. Isn't there usually a victim and an abuser in domestic violence situations? Are they both abusers here? In any situation, it sounds like an interesting perspective. I don't know that it's for me. Thanks, though.
That is the intriguing thing about the way this book is written!! You decide as you learn the details from both sides. It's a great read!

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Post by NL Hartje » 24 Mar 2018, 22:10

Ooh, this one sounds very raw. Having had a disgustingly up-front view of my parents' domestic violence growing up this is not one for me. :snooty: Thank you for reading this book!
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Post by kdstrack » 24 Mar 2018, 22:52

NL Hartje wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 22:10
Ooh, this one sounds very raw. Having had a disgustingly up-front view of my parents' domestic violence growing up this is not one for me. :snooty: Thank you for reading this book!
Thanks.

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Post by kdstrack » 24 Mar 2018, 22:54

ChelleLynnC wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 14:14
Your review makes a strong statement. It definitely makes me want to read this book. A plus from your review is letting readers know it tells each person’s side to the story and makes you question who is telling the truth! Thanks for a great review!
The author's style in this book was quite unique. It makes you see what it would be like to be the judge in one of these cases!

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Post by MrsDarcy » 25 Mar 2018, 20:06

This books sounds really interesting! I'm intrigued by the idea of paired chapters, so we can see both sides of the story. Human behavior is so fascinating, I'm looking forward to discovering these two characters and the intense situation they live in.

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Post by ViziVoir » 26 Mar 2018, 19:40

I really like the concept behind this book, and the organization seems really unique. It truly captures the duality of abusive relationships, and how history can be rewritten in the eyes of the abuser. That said, topics like this are too dark for me to really enjoy reading about.

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Post by londonmartine » 27 Mar 2018, 08:01

Oh, god, this sounds traumatic. Also deeply psychological - your review is really interesting and intriguing. I have a horrid feeling that it didn't end well :( I don't think this one is for me but I enjoyed your review.

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Post by ValBookReviews » 27 Mar 2018, 09:43

Oh, no! Too many spoiler alerts! But, no worries! I'm intrigued enough to add to my bookshelf as "want to read". Overall good review.
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