Book: No Refuge by Thea Hartleycategories: Book, Psychological, Domestic Violence, Crime, BDSM, Pole Dancing, Illness, Kidnapping, Hospital, Deviance, Sex, Helplessness, Domestic Abuse
Thea Hartleyabout this book: This book, No Refuge, came to mind as I had been the victim of domestic abuse myself, lived in a woman's refuge and met many others who had suffered the same fate,
However, this is no autobiography although one or two of the scenes are based on real experiences.
In addition, I wanted to show that abuse was not always about physical violence. That emotional abuse can be just as soul destroying, although the scars are in the mind, not on the body...they are just as painful.
What abuse IS usually about, though, is power, one persons power over another ( usually the man over the woman ) , however sometimes women are abusers and you get abusers in gay relationships ..abuse is not the prerogative of heterosexual relationships.
The other aspect I wanted to show in this book, was that abusers and so called "good" people can not be easily identified. In " No Refuge" I have gone totally against stereotype. The respectable doctor and the weedy barman are the abusers, the big hard 'bouncers' and heavies are the kindest, most sensitive men in the book. Don't judge a book, or a person, by its cover.
Finally, I set most of the action in a pole dancing club, with a secret BDSM celler for 'special customers'. Here you will see what the customers and the ladies who 'servce' them, really think. This again goes against traditional stereotypes, and there are many humourous scenes.
Amongst all this, develops a love story, with one of he most unusual beginnings you will ever have read.
The book is psychological, there are many twists and turns. You will be very surprised at some of the revelations. You will laugh and you will cry...but most of all you will learn a great deal about human nature.
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