Review: Death by Choice by Vicki Hutchinson

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I don’t even know why I picked up this book to begin with but I’m glad I did. It was confronting and brutally honest. It tore at my heart strings and even knowing what was coming I couldn’t help but tear up. All I wanted to do was take Vicki in my arms and hug her, to make her pain go away. She is such a strong and amazing woman to have gone through all that she has is absolutely amazing. She really is an inspiration. Vicki wrote the book as a way for her to deal with the deaths of her brother and father that happened within three months of each other. She had spent three decades working as a mental health nurse to then be confronted by her brother who was suffering from suicidal thoughts and couldn’t do anything about it. For the first time she went from the side of the nurse to seeing what it was like for the families of the people who suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts, whether they ended up committing suicide like her brother or not. All the while she was dealing with a teenage daughter, two boys that she took in to help raise who suffered from

Vicki wrote the book as a way for her to deal with the deaths of her brother and father that happened within three months of each other. She had spent three decades working as a mental health nurse to then be confronted by her brother who was suffering from suicidal thoughts and couldn’t do anything about it. For the first time she went from the side of the nurse to seeing what it was like for the families of the people who suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts, whether they ended up committing suicide like her brother or not. All the while she was dealing with a teenage daughter, two boys that she took in to help raise who suffered from aspergers and destructive behaviour and the breakdown of her relationship and her own struggles with depression.

The book, as it was written as her way to deal with what happened and with the hopes of helping others in the same situation was rather short (161 pages) as were the chapters. While in many ways it seemed to skim over details it gave you enough to keep you captivated and intrigued, wanting to know what happened next. Even knowing what would happen I found myself praying that it wouldn’t, that everything would come out alright. Overall it is certainly a book I’m glad to have picked up even if it has left me in a rather fragile state.

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