Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Review: Allison Moore with Nancy Woodruff's Shards

Now with the recent ending of Breaking Bad, and seeing how popular that show was it is no surprise that a lot more of us are aware of meth. Some of us may not be aware of the other side though, the user, especially if the user is working to fight crime. Allison Moore's story is a very powerful story about just how strong the addiction is, and how much it can change a person who was once on the track to becoming something more than what she had been dealt in life.

Summary: Allison Moore had a rough life as a teenager, but once moving to Hawaii and gaining a spot on the police force it seemed her life could turn around. Especially since she was interested in fighting violent crimes, and not just interested in getting people in trouble when a second change was available. When Allison Moore gets involved with a guy who isn't the most available she finds her life spiraling downward. In order to cope she takes up meth. What starts out as a quick fix to forget her problems though turns into an obsession that will lead her into the darkest of places.

Characters: Allison Moore is a real person who shares the account of what she writes as really happening. Now with no way to research the reader will take this book as it is. So when reading I found myself compelled and almost at times having difficulty putting down the book. Moore seems to get more vivid with the account of her life as she goes. The dialogue and scenes feel more alive as the book nears the end as well. What's most sad though about Moore's story is that she seemed like a cop who was trying to do the right thing for the citizens, and with meth not at least on her record that wouldn't happen again. The positive is that Moore seems to be recovering well, and the book at least doesn't end with an unrealistic outlook. Now there weren't moments I ever disliked Moore in the book. She seemed like a likable person, but I do feel sometimes there was something missing where she didn't feeling like a victim all the time, even though in the end she completely becomes the victim.

Writing: The writing gets better as the book goes. I felt that when the book started it was more of an account as if someone was sitting with me and telling it to me, but the book lacked some of the conversations and painting of the atmosphere as you're able to do when writing and not telling. As the story goes on though you might wish the book had just stayed the way it was though because it does get a lot more graphic, and Moore seems to be a lot more open and comfortable with discussing her struggles as the book continues on.

Plot: While only Allison can only share her side I am the type of person that wonders about the other perspectives happening in the story. Like what would the police officer she had an affair with say about this whole situation? How would her mother and her sister living with the terror of her being lost say about their experience? I feel that even without these perspectives though that Allison gives us a compelling view through her eyes.  By then you feel strongly for her, and you feel scared for her. A lot of the things she admits to would be difficult for anyone to share considering the various responses, but Moore doesn't depict her life with pride, regret, or even really as a survivor. She seems to be someone who is just thankful to still be alive. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure she has regrets, but she also seemed to still even have a lot of issues from her ordeal she was still working out, where she may not even have gotten to other phases of how she perceives her past yet.

Shards is a riveting account of what meth can drive a person to do. It was scary at times, and others you feel relieved when the book is winding down. When we think about drugs like meth we sometimes may only see certain sides or perspectives. With this book though it shows how crime makes more crime, and well it presents many questions afterward about how it's being fought and if fighting is just making situations like in this book being manifested.

Rating 8 of 10.

This book was provided by NetGalley from Touchstone publishers in exchange for a review.

1 comment:

  1. Yes. You are correct. If you heard the other sides of the story from the people who lived through this, you would have a very different view on her account.


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