Book reviews

Why I wrote ‘Life in the Aftermath of a Narcissist’

Life in the Aftermath of a NarcissistEditor’s note: The following essay was written by a Lovefraud reader whom we’ll call “PeggySue.”

My book, Life in the Aftermath of a Narcissist came into being as I worked to create my life again following the utter anguish of being used and manipulated by the husband I cherished and who, I believed, loved me. In the midst of heartache and disbelief, I found myself to be dealing with the memories of gaslighting, my devastated emotions, a financial outlook of sheer decimation, and the loss of just “who I was.”

Marrying on the heels of my completion of my book called Romance Stew, I was, at age 55, heady at finding “Mr. Right.” The man and his family … Read more

New book about the Susan Powell disapperance reveals abuse

If I Can't Have You: Susan PowellGregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris released their book “If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell,”  which reveals what life was like inside the home of Susan and Josh Powell and their two young sons 7 year-old Charlie and 5 year-old Braden. According to neighbors, Josh mentally and physically abused Susan and the boys.

After Susan’s mysterious disappearance in 2009, her parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, cared for the boys. They began to see signs that the boys may have been sexually abused while living with their father and paternal grandfather.

Susan’s body has never been found.  Josh Powell blew up their home, killing his sons and himself in the explosion.

Revealed: Josh Powell ‘sexually abused his two sons’ Read more

Why I wrote ‘The Devil’s Opus’

By Margaux Mannion Brown 

Editor’s note: Margaux Mannion Brown is the pen name for a Lovefraud reader.

theDevilsOpusIdeas for The Devil’s Opus began to emerge when I became fascinated with sociopathic personalities. This occurred when I discovered that one of my close friends had married one.

Everyone liked Joe. He was charming, flattering, and helpful. So helpful, that through his career as an investment broker, he was able to scam hundreds of thousands of dollars out of his clients, friends and family. Most of the money was lost on gambling. The rest of it went on big houses, fancy cars, and expensive vacations he pretended to afford. Things fell apart for Joe when people began to demand their … Read more

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BOOK REVIEW: The Other Side of Charm

The Other Side of CharmIn her new book, The Other Side of Charm Your Memoir, author H. G. Beverly gives voice to the emotional experience of being married to, or more appropriately, ambushed by, a psychopath. She captures the shock, outrage, disbelief and confusion better than any book I’ve ever read.

The basic story is that Helen Beverly knew the man, whom she calls Wyatt, for almost her entire life. They both grew up in farm country, and she married him when she was 24. After the wedding he immediately embarked on a subtle campaign to subjugate her. The first step was to convince her to drop out of veterinary school. After all, they agreed that they wanted a family, and … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: Letters to God

Letters to GodJane Pinney was married to a sociopath and adopted two children. Her husband attempted to poison her, and then accused her (of what, I’m not sure, but it was serious). The experience inspired Pinney to write a book called Letters to God.

This book does not relay the chronology of events. Instead, it tells the story of Pinney’s state of mind, in real time, as she tries to pull herself out of the abyss created by her disordered ex-husband.

She starts the book by writing,

I realized that in all my life, especially this past year, I have written thousands of letters to hundreds of people. Everyone under the sun, who I thought could help me in my

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For Valentine’s Day: Joyce Short offers her book for free

Carnal Abuse by DeceitJoyce M. Short has a gift for you, especially if Valentine’s Day is not your favorite holiday!

Hoping to help folks make sense of it all, she’s making Carnal Abuse by Deceit, How a Predator’s Lies Became Rape, available absolutely free of charge on February 14-17, 2014.

Free Kindle download

Free hard copy edition at Goodreads

Ten hard copies are available on at Goodreads for U.S. residents on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re not a Goodreads member, it’s free to sign up.

Joyce would appreciate hearing your feedback by reviewing the book on Amazon or Goodreads and wishes you love and fulfillment on this and every Valentine’s Day.

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BOOK REVIEW: Carnal Abuse by Deceit

Carnal Abuse by DeceitMany, many Lovefraud readers, I am sure, will be able to relate to Joyce M. Short’s new book, Carnal Abuse by Deceit How a Predator’s Lies Became Rape. I wish this were not the case, but it is.

Joyce lives in New York City, where she’s a real estate broker, professional tennis instructor and a strong advocate for her community. Much of the book is her personal story, and this is what will feel so familiar to many readers.

Joyce writes about her outwardly successful, well-off family of origin and what was really going on behind closed doors. Here’s a hint: Her father wasn’t necessarily the upstanding citizen that he presented himself to be.

She writes about … Read more

Recover from the sociopath with a healing collection of books from Lovefraud

The Lovefraud Recovery Collection of books.

The Lovefraud Recovery Collection of books.

How do you recover from the betrayal of a sociopath? How can you move on with your life?

On Monday, I recommended the excellent book, Living and Loving After Betrayal, by Steven Stosny, Ph.D. In his clinical practice, Stosny has worked with thousands of people. And he keeps up with the new studies in brain science. So in writing the book, he drew from a broad range of research, and his years of experience in what works when helping people.

In the introduction to the book, Stosny says he doesn’t explain the behavior of betrayers. He says, “When it comes to recovering from intimate betrayal, it’s best to get out of … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: Living and Loving After Betrayal

Living and Loving After BetrayalI’ve been looking for a book to help you heal from the devastating betrayal of a sociopath. I finally found it.

Living and Loving After Betrayal How to Heal from Emotional Abuse, Deceit, Infidelity, and Chronic Resentment, by Steven Stosny, Ph.D., is the best explanation I’ve ever read of how betrayal affects you emotionally and psychologically, and how to recover from it. In fact, I am so impressed with this book that we are now carrying it in the Lovefraud bookstore.

Why it hurts

Stosny starts the book by explaining why intimate betrayal hurts so much.

Love bonds developed because they were crucial to the survival of the human race. Back in caveman days, we needed to … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: Escaping the Boy – My Life with a Sociopath

Escaping the boyMany, many people tell me that they should write a book about their experiences with a sociopath. Paula Carrasquillo is one of those who have done it.

Her novella, Escaping the boy: My life with a sociopath, is not long. The actual story is only about 50 pages, with plenty of white space. But in those few pages, Paula tells a powerful narrative of her disordered ex and the insanity she endured living with him.

The way she does it is through carefully selected vignettes. She refers to her ex as “the boy,” and to herself as “the woman.” Some of the anecdotes portray the boy’s life before the woman entered the picture. But most of them provide … Read more

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