SYNOPSIS: For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.
But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.
Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.
The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.
REVIEW: You would think and eighteen year old would simple leave and abusive household saying, “To hell with it!” if not something stronger. But that’s not always the case. It is so easy to become tangled and actually believe everything a parent tells you, no matter how you’ve been treated. This is the story of a young adult struggling with the control of a narcissistic mother who uses her “special relationship” with God as a tool to ruin her daughter’s life.
Owenby has a real gift for pulling the emotions. I found myself getting really angry at Lacey’s mother and not just because of the things she says, but the depth to which she actually convinces Lacey that it’s true. She tells her that she doesn’t love her (that much is obviously true) but to say to your own child you’ve rather have exchanged them for someone else, and moreover to say something like, you’re not worth dying for… Then there is the physical abuse. Her mother is completely cold and heartless. She even has Lacey believe that she became demon-possessed from the age of thirteen, simply because she kissed a boy! Seriously, her mother will get on the end of your rag!
I was provided an early copy of this pre-release for an honest review.