After reading It Wasn’t enough by Peg Tittle, when I got Impact I had a bit of an idea of the writing style, but the subject was far more tragic, far more gruesome. So after finishing it, I had two days to think about this review. How do you start reviewing a book that deals with rape and assault? Is there a way to start to talk about characters or maybe not about them, but about their actions?
Impact is not a typical fiction book, but more of an observation. It deals with a confrontation between a female character and her aggressors. She visits them in the prison to get her answers, to understand the reasoning behind their actions. And it is hard work, maybe impossible in some ways. Our character is a brave and courageous fighter for facing her aggressors and demanding answers. In real life, I don’t know if anyone would do that, it would be too difficult, too raw, too psychologically traumatising to do it. It takes a lot of effort, determination and a bit of craziness to do so. On another note, she is very clever, well documented and read, so can answer in an intelligent manner to all the presumptions and remarks her attackers might have. Last two chapters were a page turner and, must admit, I wasn’t expecting the end. But, to be honest, I didn’t even know what to expect. I just read, hoping for the best and expecting anything.
The book is mostly a victim’s monologue and contemplation, an overview on the programming and wrong mindsets some people grow up with. It is not an easy book to read, and there are times when you just have to close the book and breathe. The descriptive scenes are too much at times, so this book is not for the faint-hearted. I don’t agree that all men are thinking in the way it is narrated in the book, but I know most do. Unfortunately, some of the women do as well. And it is both frightening and disappointing. Because the whole essence of humanity is slowly slipping away from some humans.
As a recommendation, I don’t know. I would recommend it as a manual in prisons, for all the sexual assault convicts, although I’m not sure if they would get it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to reflect on the nature of assaults happening against women.
Have you read anything similar on this subject? Would you read this type of book?
My rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐