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Where Madness Lies I’ve read a lot of historical books about World War 2 but nothing quite like this before This book looks at mental health and the way people with any sort of differences were viewed by the Nazi Party It is quite an eye opener and a stark reminder to us all how easily things can change as policies were put in place during the 1930s without much notice from the wider population or the outside World. Reading this book you also get an insight into the wider impact that living with mental health problems has on the whole family both in terms of how it effects everyone’s lives and also how it influences future generations genetically This book is a really good and interesting read made evenamazing by the fact that it is based on the author’s very own family story Whilst the subject matter is quite difficult to read about the author has managed to write about it in a really sensitive and accessible way.Rigmor is a young Jewish women living as a patient in a top psychiatric facility in Germany in the 1930s who finds herself swept up in the Nazi campaign to rid Germany of the mentally ill In the USA in 1984 Sabine commits herself to hospital following several episodes of depression and crippling panic Linking these two women is Inga who does everything she can to help her sister and now finds herself in a position to help her granddaughter too. “Where Madness Lies is an intimate pageturner that is full of heart Engrossing and devastating, this brave novel reminds us of the power of human connection and the inherent goodness of most people” – Heidi Pitlor, author of The Daylight Marriage and ImpersonationGermany,Rigmor, a young Jewish woman is a patient at Sonnenstein, a premier psychiatric institution known for their curative treatments But with the tide of eugenics and the Nazis’ rise to power, Rigmor is swept up in a campaign to rid Germany of the mentally illUSA,Sabine, battling crippling panic and depression commits herself to McLean Hospital, but in doing so she has unwittingly agreed to give up her babyLinking these two generations of women is Inga, who did everything in her power to help her sister, Rigmor Now with her granddaughter, Sabine, Inga is given a second chance to free someone she loves from oppressive forces, both within and withoutThis is a story about hope and redemption, about what we pass on, both genetically and culturally It is about the high price of repression, and how one woman, who lost nearly everything, must be willing to reveal the failures of the past in order to save future generationsWith chilling echoes of our time, Where Madness Lies is based on a true story of the author’s own family I highly recommend reading this, despite myself not having finished it I primarily read nonfiction and when I received an email about this book from NetGalley I thought it was nonfiction based on the description in said email I should have paidattention The writing is beautiful and the story is excellent for as far as I have gotten However, I prefer nonfiction and have so many other books I am needing to read for author and publishers that I can't give this one the full attention it deserves I may come back to it some day and finish the story, but for now I will have to stop. Book: Where Madness LiesAuthor: Sylvia TrueRating: 4 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank the publisher, Top Hat Books, for providing me an ARC I normally am not a fan of books told in two different time periods with different characters However, this one did leave me very interested I found the parallels between the two main characters to be very interesting and very engaging I also thought it was a nice touch that the two women were related and that everything did come together in the end To me, this is a the mark of a well planned out and well thought out story To have everything come together in a way that makes sense just shows me what type of author Sylvia is I found the women’s stories to be very interesting The first one takes place in Nazi Germany, which we all know from history is not the nicest place in the world However, by allowing us to see the horrors first hand through the characters, we get a sense of what the Nazi rule was really like We get to see the sickening nature and the horrors that people had to go through The things that this book talks about are very dark and disturbing The most disturbing part of it all is that this did actually happen to people I know these characters aren’t real and all, but they are based on real people and this story is based on real events Whenever you look at it like that, it adds an even darker look at the book It just brings it home and makes you really stop and think about just how cruel history can be Then, we get another woman going through mental illness in the 1980s The differences and the similarities as the 1940s are kind of shocking We still see that kind of frowned upon nature and the lack of support, but, at least, in the 1980s, she isn’t facing death or anything like that Just to see how people are trying to have a normal life with mental illness but lacking the support and the talk of society is just hard I know we are a little bitopen about mental illness today, but a lot of this still holds true The 1980s timeline still features a lot of negative ways that society views mentally ill people We get to see this woman deal with people not thinking she can take care of herself, her baby, her husband threatening to take everything away her, and so muchWe get to see her internal struggle as she deals with coming to terms with her own mental illness and the lack of support that she has This all exists today and it’s so sad that people still have to go through with this The fact that Sylvia was able to get this much out of me just tells me what kind of an author she is I could tell that this is something very close to her and that she spent a lot of time and thought into researching this book I’m not saying this just because the publisher sent me an ARC I mean what I say I loved how this book made me feeleven though it wasn’t all good This is what I want from my books I want feel something from what I am readingif it is horror Congrats on making me feel something! Anyway, I highly recommend that you check this book out and other books by this publisher I have been working with them over well over two years now and I have not been disappointed by anything that they have put out This book comes out on February 1, 2021.Youtube: Where Madness Lies is a compelling story of family and history that weaves together experiences from two different points in time Inga's struggle to heal and protect her mentally ill sister as the Nazis rise to power in Germany is mirrored years later—though under much different circumstances—as she tries to support her granddaughter who has just admitted herself to a mental hospital in Massachusetts The story jumps back and forth in time (between 1934/1984) as we slowly learn the events of the past and how they have influenced the future.There's so much heart depicted in the relationships and a compelling depth to all the characters, even those that could be considered secondary or tertiary to the main plot I would highly recommend this book—it speaks not only to the horrors of the Holocaust and eugenics; it forces the reader to grapple with questions of ethics and complicity At what point do your actions (or inaction) make you complicit? What secrets do you/should you keep to protect those around you?It's not a light read, but an important one And it's especially compelling knowing that this fictionalized account is based on events from the author's life. I just reviewed Where Madness Lies by Sylvia True #WhereMadnessLies #NetGalleySylvia True's Where Madness Lies is an intergenerational look at mental illness focusing on Germany in the 1930's and America in the 1980's.The story focus is on a young jewish women in 1930s Germany who has mental health problems and in the 198os her sisters granddaughter suffering from severe post natal depression From a woman who also suffered from severe PND i did find it a difficult story to read at timesBut this is a story of hope and redemption and well worth a read This novel feels immediate and is hard to leave It tells of the beginning of the Nazi's purge of Mischlings, defectives Two women's stories are linked by Inga, a woman who tries to save both women and bring them toward normal life. Netgalleypub date January 29, 2021 John Hunt Publishing LTD WHERE MADNESS LIESBY SYLVIA TRUEMy rating of four stars is because of this historical fiction book based in part by fact was difficult emotionally to read and take in In the synopsis it describes the subject of eugenics practiced in Germany in 1936 and euthanasia as a way of the Nazi's coping with it as having hope and redemption in this novel I do not feel that the novel offered much hope or was by any means uplifting like the historical novel I just read and reviewed called, Where Butterflies Go, written by Debra Doxer If you are looking for a historical novel that is about the Holocaust that offers hope and redemption along with the agonies and the ecstasies look for Ms Doxner's novel In this novel called Where Madness Lies, it was very well written and compelling reading but it was very depressing in my humble opinion Nevertheless, the novel is based in factual information about the author's family during Hitlers rise to power and the story must be told so that we never forget This novel reminded me of one of Diane Chamberlain's novel about the practice of Eugenics practiced in the United States in the South which was also filled with some hope but certainly love Love of family by Inga's character was certainly expressed in this novel also.This novel takes place in two different time periods about a grandmother from Frankfurt, Germany in 1935 and 1936 about a young woman named Rigmor who suffers from schizophrenia who comes from an affluent family The other time period from which this novel alternates chapter's with is the time period of 1984 in Belmont, Massachusetts in McLean's hospital which was one of the Countries most prestigious Mental hospital's with Rigmor's granddaughter Sabine who is suffering from depression with psychotic features Sabine has just had a baby girl named Mia who she is separated from when she volunteers to check in to Mclean's hospital Inga who was Rigmor's elder sister is believed to be Sabine's grandmother by Sabine.The loving tenderness with which Inga treats her sister Rigmor is poignant and touching and very emotionally moving Inga studies treatments and mental illness and with her affluence is able to consult with Germany's very finest psychiatrist's who have studied the science of mental illness and what are some of the best treatments and diagnosis for 1936 Frieda, who is Inga's and Rigmor's mother clearly favors Rigmor over Inga She comes across as a very domineering woman and is divorced They are from the Jewish ethnicity and a very unconventional treatment which Rigmor undergoes behind Frieda's back orchestrated by Inga results in how Sabine's existence came to be I didn't like Inga at first and found her to be very domineering like her mother Frieda but as the novel proceeds to tell both Sabine's and Rigmor's stories I grew to understand that she had a great capacity to love both Rigmor and Sabine and she tried her best to help them both in their treatments.What must be noted here is that the sterilization of any human being thought to be feeble minded or mentally ill was taking place not only in Germany in 1936 and 1937 but all over the world even the United States What was being done in Germany long before the racially cleansing of the Jewish population where the death chambers being designed in Germany by gassing unsuspecting people who were mentally ill, feeble minded or thieves etc in the asylums such as Sonnenstein where Rigmor was admitted to That was not what killed Rigmor but an infection that she developed after sterilization To be fair to the author she has written a well written and informative account about how Eugenics and sterilization and the gas chamber's which the children and anyone to be born with characteristics of mental illness or for example Down Syndrome were starting to be experimented on and were gassed in what these innocent's thought was simply taking a shower Except these so called showers were really chambers of carbon monoxide being pumped in This was done before gas chambers and crematoriums were erected in the concentration camps as they were first done in the asylums The families would receive a letter that their loved one died of heart failure or some other lying cause to avoid detection of the true cause of death Starvation was used also to innocent inhabitants of these asylum's for mental illness like Sonnenstein or Elfging.The obsession of race gripped Germany under Hitler's regime Under the Nuremberg law no person's of Jewish and Aryan ethnicity were permitted to be married in 1937 and well into World War II This novel of historical significance the author claims related to her family While the author claim's that her grandmother the Jewish matriarch of the family fled to emigrate to Switzerland giving up all of her money and possessions and social status before the start of World War II for reason's muchsecretive and dangerous than Judaism in 1935, which was mental illness on her mother's side of the family The names have been changed and some of the details are how the author imagined them, not exactly as they might have been But the bones of the story are true The author's grandmother cared deeply about her family and as an aristocrat her grandmother desperately wanted her grandchildren to master the art of refinement so that they could be accepted in the highest circles of society This is the author's grandmother's story as well as the author's My final thoughts on this well above average written historical fiction based on some factual history was ultimately hard to read and did not lift my spirits even though there were some extremely loving and tender moments shown between sister's and grandmother and granddaughter For most of the book it was interesting and impossible to put down I do think towards the last quarter I felt like the storytelling was dragging and would have been appreciated by me if it was less detailed and shortened I did find it fascinating for most of the book but I didn't feel inspired or spiritually uplifted like I did with Where Butterflies Go, by Debra Doxer whose book about the Holocaust left me feeling in high spirits and wanting to recommend it to family and friend's However, that is just my humble opinion and my intellect feels like this is equally important in being a part of our history that needs to be exposed and deserves to be read so that we never forget the human suffering that took place for one reason Also my hopes are for those who choose to read this that it educates and that those that still stigmatizes those in this world today who suffer from mental illness will change their views towards kindness and compassion for those who suffer from mental illness I have known people who in this day and age stigmatize people with mental illness Even nurses which I would think to be educated and realize that nobody is less of a person, in fact we are all equal and have intrinsic value in our shared humanity It is not weakness on the individual's part and nobody would choose to suffer its affects I wish that I could force the people who I have known to read this novel but I fear that they would be too stubborn and close minded in their deep beliefs If by this author's choice to share this story educates just one person to not stigmatize those who have suffered from mental illness than she has succeeded in bringing kindness and compassion to archaic thinking.Publication Date: January 21, 2021Thank you to Net Galley, Sylvia True (You are so brave to have shared your story.), and to John Hunt Publishing Ltd for generously providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review All opinions are my own.#WhereMadnessLies #SylviaTrue #JohnHuntLtdPublishing #NetGalley This is a story based on true events It is the tale of two sisters, one with a mental illness in rising Nazi Germany and the sister who will do anything to protect her I haven't read any books dealing with those diagnosed with mental illness in Nazi Germany and this was the first I couldn't put it down I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.


About the Author: Sylvia True

Sylvia True is the author of The Wednesday Group and Where Madness LiesWhere Madness Lies, Sylvia True’s second novel, is a story about hope and redemption, about what we pass on, both genetically and culturally It is about the high price of repression, and how one woman, who lost nearly everything, must be willing to reveal the failures of the past in order to save future generations With chil.


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