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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review - Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

Title: Backseat Saints

Author: Joshilyn Jackson

Publsher: Grand Central Publishing

Buy LInk: Buy Backseat Saints here

Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewer: Val


Ro Grandee is the perfect Texas housewife. She's determined to be nothing like her long-missing mother, the one who left her with only a heap of old novels and her father's fists for company, so Ro keeps quiet and takes her husband's punches like a lady. But Ro wasn't always this way. Underneath her pastel skirts and hidden bruises lies Rose Mae Lolley, teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol. Rose Mae is resurrected when a gypsy's tarot cards foretell doom for dutiful Ro: her handsome husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first.

Armed with only her wit, her pawpy's ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas. In a journey that is by turns harrowing and exhilarating, she uncovers long buried truths about her family and herself, running from the man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did.


Backseat Saints is a brutally honest portrayal of a woman haunted by Domestic abuse. With very vivid and graphic scenes of the abuse, the reader can't help but feel disgust toward the abuser (Thom) and the helplessness of the victim (Ro). There were moments that were very intense both mentally and emotionally.

Through the abuse, three alter ego's are formed. First we have Rose Mae Lolley, who was the prettiest girl in her high school, who was raised by her abusive father after her mother left. Next is Ro Grandee, wife to Thom Grandee. Ro Grandee is the part of Rose Mae that tries to be perfect for her husband as to not upset him. And finally there is Rose, the woman who has had more than enough. Rose is the identity no one sees coming and no one can stop. Rose is a fast thinking woman who is now in survival mode and she's a crack shot with a .45. When Rose meets a Gypsy who gives her the message that it is either kill or be killed, she realizes, this is just the moment her life has been spiraling toward.

Backseat Saints is a must read book. A raw and edgy read, Joshilyn Jackson writes the story through the eyes of the victim and at times, I was literally holding my breath and hoping for the best. Domestic violence is an unending cycle, which this book addresses very well. Backseat Saints will touch an emotional chord in the hardest of hearts and provoke a wide range of emotions from helplessness to anger. I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs to see Domestic violence from the victim's point of view. Please note that this is a graphic book and if violence, especially between a man and woman, offends you then this book is not a book for you.

I reviewed the audiobook version of this book and LOVED it.

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