2 out of 4 stars
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One early morning Gloria Clark woke up into every mother’s worst nightmare. Her 28-year old son Darian had been shot and was dying. No prayer Gloria sent towards heaven during her drive to the hospital could change the outcome. Just some short moments later, her precious son was announced dead, and there was nothing she could do to fix that. It was the end of the world as she knew it. Even worse, it was the beginning of a lifelong struggle trying to deal with the pain of losing a loved child but still staying thankful and faithful to God. Will she pull through with the help of her beloved Heavenly Father? Or will she perish under the sorrow like a piece of ashes scattered into the wind?
Sadly, When Half of Your Heart Dies is a true story. And it is the story that will break the heart of every mother. I was deeply touched by the complete honesty of the author when putting her story on paper. She describes all her emotions as they vary from unforgiving anger and brutal rage to the moments of comfort mostly brought to her by dreams about her son. My heart leaped with compassion as I read how she still tried to put her faith in God every single step on her way. I was also taken aback by her burning anger and vengeful thoughts towards the person who brought this misery on their family. To conclude, the outstanding ability to express her emotions through her writing is the biggest strength of Gloria Clark and the most admirable feature of this book.
Unfortunately, what this book gained in emotion, it lacked in structure. The narrative is winding, and the book is written with such a chain of thought that it leaves the reader feeling confused and lost. In its current form, this book might be a truthful description of how irrationally a human mind can work when it is processing sorrow. However, this type of writing does not support the purpose of this book. The unstructured content, together with lengthy sentences, resulted in a somewhat disorganized outcome. When Half of Your Heart Dies was not a long read and with the length of only 58 pages fixing this issue would not be difficult. An experienced editor could mend the deficiencies in no time.
As much as I would have liked to, I could not give this book more than 2 out of 4 stars. Unfortunately, in addition to the abovementioned structural problems, this book also had numerous typos and missing commas, not to mention wordy sentences that were hard to follow. When Half of Your Heart Dies by Gloria Clark undoubtedly has some great potential to become a marvelous book. However, as stated above, it still needs some editorial work. At its best, this book could become a notable reminder about where the poor choices of one person can lead.
If this book is to undergo the suggested editorial work, I would happily recommend it as peer support to anyone who has ever lost a loved one. I would also imagine that When Half of Your Heart Dies might be a therapeutic read for people struggling with impulsive behavior. It shows a scary example of what agony one might cause to others. Maybe by preventing someone from performing such permanent fatal deeds, this book could even save a life.
When Half of Your Heart Dies
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