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Losing It

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Can some crimes ever be forgiven?

Jane has been locked up in a secure psychiatric unit for killing her children. Well-meaning intervention by Dr Townsend forces her to explore the past, and in doing so she begins to discover reality can be unbearable.

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Can some crimes ever be forgiven?

Jane has been locked up in a secure psychiatric unit for killing her children. Well-meaning intervention by Dr Townsend forces her to explore the past, and in doing so she begins to discover reality can be unbearable. While attending her sister’s funeral, Jane escapes and goes back to the Belgian caravan site where she ended her children’s lives. She finally confronts her actions, but when she is brought back to the hospital fully aware of what she has done, she feels certain there’s only one way out.

Based on true accounts by staff and inmates, Losing It explores the process and costs of redemption for those who commit unspeakable acts.

The Author

I’m a writer and poet who gained a late MA in Creative Writing at Edge Hill. Trained in psychotherapy, I’ve worked in Mental Health and allied fields most of my life, having failed to keep order as a teacher and bored to tears by banking, my first two career choices. When not at my computer or kitchen sink, I can be found on my allotment or in the local flea market. I live with my first husband and fourth son in an untidy cottage full of paintings, with a well under the floor and a garden that keeps trying to get into the house.

3 reviews for Losing It

  1. Florence Knox

    As the blurb for Losing It explains, this is a book which “explores the process and costs of redemption for those who commit unspeakable acts”. I knew before I started reading that it was unlikely there would be a happy ending, but I still found it a gripping novel. Jane has been detained in a secure psychiatric unit for killing her children, and Losing It tells the story of her confrontation with a troubled past following intervention from a well-meaning doctor. The conclusion is perhaps inevitable, yet it is nevertheless shocking and thought-provoking.

  2. Billie Stewart

    Losing It is the second of two new novels I’m reading this month which explore difficult themes centred around abuse, suicide and mental health issues. There is little in the way of hope to be found in this harrowing tale, yet it was nevertheless a compelling novel. Losing It is also well-grounded in reality, as it is based on true accounts written by psychiatric unit staff and patients, and the author is trained in psychotherapy and has worked extensively in the field herself. A very worthwhile read.

  3. John Hargreaves (verified owner)

    Perhaps not surprisingly, given the author’s professional background working in mental health and access to true accounts by staff and inmates, Losing It creates a sense of daily life on a small ward for profoundly disturbed and dangerous patients that is deeply engaging. Layered on top of that is a first-person narrative by Jane – incarcerated forever for killing her two children – which is riveting. Strong feelings of sympathy for Jane and for those who care for her on the ward build as the story develops. It’s a real page turner whose conclusion seems as natural as it is inevitable.

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