Saturday, February 5, 2011

Untangle the Knots Within by Cynthia M. Andersen

Title: Untangle the Knots Within

Author: Cynthia M. Andersen

Published: AuthorHouse, 2009

Pages: 184

Summary: In the very early hours of a Sunday morning, a woman is found running on a boulevard with no clothes on and screaming for help. She is found by a security guard patrolling the area. He calls it in as an assault, but what transpires after that call only ends in a quick death for her by the responders of the county she was found in. All tied up and no place to go. Eight minutes is all it took many responders to end her life and change the lives of those that loved her. Haunted by the way her sister died, the author continues a search for answers of what really happened to her. After doing her own investigation into the police reports, seeing inconsistencies, reading about questionable in-custody deaths, and receiving very little help from the legal system, the media, lawmakers, and the Governor of Colorado at the time, she could only come up with what could have happened to her sister.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Untangle the Knots Within is a sad story that tells of the author’s experience with the justice system and various other third parties who were involved in her sister’s death while she was in police custody.  While I thought it was a moving memoir I had expected it to be more about the investigation into her sister’s death than it actually was.

Untangle the Knots Within was written more as a background into what Julie, the victim’s life was like and how her sister, the author, coped with it.  It was written as a way to process what had happened and to help out others who are in situations where a family member has been killed in a police incident and don’t really know how they can be helped.

I thought that it was an average read.  Mostly because it was quite badly written in places like some of the sentences were missing conjunctions and basic things like that which made it seem as though they were only notes that hadn’t been fully thought out yet.

Another thing that didn’t quite sit with me was that the book got quite repetitive at times and it explained the same thing over and over again.  While I could see it was possibly the author trying to get her point across it didn’t come across that way.

Untangle the Knots Within wasn’t really my type of book, but don’t let that deter you.  It’s quite short so if you’re a fast reader you’d get through it in no time and I would recommend this one to fans of non-fiction.  Especially those who are looking for a book that is a true story that raises some important points about family and the whole healing process.  If this sounds like your kind of book, then definitely check it out.

Source: Bohlsen PR Inc. for review

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