Stripped Down Running by Andrea Nair

Outwardly, Hannah Friesen appears to have a wonderful life. She is intelligent, funny, adventurous, attractive, has money and a great husband. She has everything, so why is she throwing it all away? Growing up, Hannah yearns to break free of her painful childhood and her controlling mother, and to live life on her own terms. Finally escaping to the city for a fresh start, Hannah revels in her freedom and frantically takes all she can. Life seems great until she begins to do things she, and those who love her, can't quite understand. Hannah ends up on a self-destructive path that begins to rip her life apart. When the chaos becomes too great, she is forced to address the inner darkness that is blindly propelling her, or face losing everything. She must decide if her choice is life.

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My thoughts: This is a psychological novel highlighting the impact of how ones childhood into their adulthood. Hannah is the main character in this novel and we follow her through unfortunate events in her adult life. If something could go wrong or happen it happened to Hannah. Hannah also didn't make it better with her behaviour especially the lying. Throughout the book we read sections of her childhood - trying to understand her mother and her father being kicked out of the family home, we also are shown how she met her husband and learned about a childhood best friend, Juliette. 

Finally Hannah agrees to get some counselling at a in-house program to find out what is the underlying cause of all these behaviours. This is also to hopefully help save her marriage and help her live a better life. I don't want to give out any spoilers but this book was a real page turner having me hooked that I finished it in a couple days. This book is a great book that people can relate to and learn maybe more about themselves in the process. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I was given a copy of this book by the author but as always all opinions are honest and my own.*~


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