If I Am Missing Or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation

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Thorndike Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 501 pages
In April 2002, Janine Latus's youngest sister, Amy, wrote a note and taped it to the inside of her desk drawer: "Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved, but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways." That same spring Janine was struggling to leave her marriage, to a handsome and successful man--a marriage in which she felt afraid, controlled, inadequate, and trapped. Ten weeks later, Janine had left her marriage when she learned Amy was missing. It took more than two weeks to find Amy's body, and two years to convict her former boyfriend for her murder. Haunted, Janine turned her journalistic eye inward. How did two seemingly well-adjusted, successful women end up in physically or emotionally abusive relationships with men? The resulting book traces the roots of her own--and her sister's--victimization with unflinching candor, a heart-wrenching journey of discovery.--From publisher description.

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After reading many reviews that sharply criticized the author for making this book more about her story than the story of her sister, I was prepared to hate it, but I was surprised that I enjoyed ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamaicanmecrazy - LibraryThing

SPOILERS. Whew, this was overwhelming, raw, disturbing. It didn't bother me that most of the book told more of Janine's (the author) experience as opposed to her sister who wrote the note (if I am ... Read full review


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