Delighted to have finished my first read of 2018. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, I chose this book to review because of the similarities I have with the abuse that runs through.


The Blurb

Mothers are supposed to love their children unconditionally, but what if they can’t? “Your own mother doesn’t love you—what makes you think anyone else will?” These words haunted the author and affected every decision she made. If she wasn’t good enough for her mother’s love, what was she worthy of? In The Monster That Ate My Mommy, Jessica Aiken-Hall takes the reader on her quest to find love and uncover the root of her suffering. In this courageous memoir, we learn the importance of love and belonging, and the price paid when it’s out of reach. “This is one of the most moving and brave memoirs I have ever read—on par with The Liar’s Club (Mary Karr) and The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls). I was sucked in from the first sentence and remained riveted throughout. Aiken-Hall’s raw exploration and recounting of highly traumatic life events is tempered with the gentleness of hope and the strength of perseverance. This is a book of extreme importance in the canon of women’s memoir. Read it for the compelling story of survival: savor it for its lessons of grace and resilience.” —Sarah Felix Burns author of Jackfish, The Vanishing Village


My Review


I cannot commend the author enough. Jessica is an inspiration to many, she is brutally honest about what happened to her and she doesn’t shy away from the reality of child abuse or domestic abuse. It took a little longer to read than expected and I can imagine for others it would take a while because of the content, but Jessica has thought about this and her chapters are short so you can take it in smaller chunks.

This is a must read and will open your eye’s to what really happens behind closed doors. It could be used to educate those who don’t have an understanding on the pressure’s victims are put under in those abusive situations. Jessica was honest about the process of her recovery and that it is not just as simple as a few therapy sessions but it takes time, time to even realise what exactly made an impact on your life and what to recover from.

I would have liked to have read a paragraph or two at the end to see where Jessica is now, there is a snippet of information about the author but I felt I wanted more of a personal note or perhaps even a direct message from the author. This is probably because I related to Jessica’s emotions and situation at times.

Thank you once again for speaking out against this insidious behaviour.

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About Jessica Aitken-Hall

Jessica lives in New Hampshire with her three children, three dogs, and her partner. She is a graduate of Springfield College with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is a Reiki Master, focusing her attention on healing. As a social worker, she uses her life experiences to help others in their time of need.


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  1. Jessica Aiken-Hall

    Thank you so much Jennifer for your review. I wrote The Monster That Ate My Mommy not only to release some of my pain, but to also try to help others who find themselves in similar situations. Like the #metoo movement, the more we talk about this type of thing, the more others may come forward. There is power in knowledge, with power there is strength, and with strength there is hope.

    • jenniferlauragilmour

      I didn’t want to put spoilers in my review but there were two parts in particular that really stood out to me and I have noted them on my kindle. One is your very last line, how that resounds in me so much.
      You are completely right in that the silence needs to be broken. Thank you once again.

  2. Jessica Johnson

    I hope to read this one sometime. It sounds like a difficult read. Plus the author has a great name! 😉

    • jenniferlauragilmour

      It is certainly worth a read and I admit it is difficult in places but the authors bravery to have written this really shines out. 🙂


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