In the Stillness is a deep, sharing account of a woman struggling with life and her coping mechanism. Natalie and Ryker both struggle with life after his sudden return from deployment in the Middle East. The pressure on the both of them is too intense and is heading for tragedy.
Natalie uses 'cutting' to cope and although she has years of reprieve, it's always there in her mind. Being a stay at home mum ended the dream life Natalie hoped for, frustrated that her career and studies have been put on permanent hold since she entered motherhood. An excellent, caring but empty mother.
This books deals with PTSD in a sensitive and caring manner, using two different generations to highlight the similarities in their experiences. It's an emotional book, having had me reach for the tissues on a couple of occasions, a little slow in parts but overall a great refreshing read for what is a difficult subject.