Book Review: Loving Anna by Piper S Winn

Goodness gracious!

I’m not sure I have words to describe how I feel about this one.

I can tell you that I couldn’t put it down. 

Cassie is a teacher. She meets Anna in a bar. She has never been interested in women but with Anna it is different. Sparks fly. Attraction sores. 

Then the mysterious and secretive Anna begins to show signs of jealousy and possessiveness. Things steadily escalate while Cassie makes excuses for her. 

And it all ends so absolutely shocking. 

It was a very good book. I can’t say that I LIKED it, per say… I’m not sure what that would say about me, to be honest. 

Very disturbing subject matter. Relationship rape, violence, verbal abuse, Incest, molestation, etc.

In the beginning I thought the story was more tell than show. By the end I thought I might have been better off with less show. 

Ultimately, what I took from this was an inside look on how manipulated one can be. To have feelings so strong that you could overlook so much to try and hang on to them. To feel so much shame and embarrassment that you can’t even talk to those close to you. How easy it is to become so closed off to the world by a pattern of appeasing your possessive partner. 

So many times I was frustrated and screaming at Cassie. At the same time I could understand how warn down she became. And brainwashed, really. 

I don’t know if I should recommend this. I thought it was very good. I definitely had many feelings and reactions. Now I need to go have a drink… or many.

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