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An interesting look at crime from a completely different perspective.

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Much focus is given to working with the criminal as well, which some may find distracting - although it gives a nice perspective at how one is led to commit a crime.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“It was…becoming clear what many people now wanted of me. They wanted…for me to walk away from Jason and never look back.” On the happy occasion of her one month wedding anniversary, Shannon Moroney’s life was torn apart. As she prepared in her hotel room for the final day of a conference, a policeman arrived […]

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“It was…becoming clear what many people now wanted of me. They wanted…for me to walk away from Jason and never look back.”

On the happy occasion of her one month wedding anniversary, Shannon Moroney’s life was torn apart. As she prepared in her hotel room for the final day of a conference, a policeman arrived at the door with devastating news about her husband. He hadn’t died – sad as that is, it’s a heartbreaking story that is often told. Moroney’s husband had committed a violent crime, and her whole life was about to come crashing down because of it. That’s a story rarely told, as Moroney soon found out while looking for resources during what was an incredibly difficult time for all involved.

Through the Glass is a true story, and it’s a really compelling one. It takes readers through the story of how Shannon and Jason met, fell in love, and began a life together. They seemed like the perfect couple to many of their friends and family, with so much to look forward to after their happy wedding. But Jason had a dark side, and when it was unleashed Shannon soon found out the there is little help and many consequences for the families of criminals.

Because Jason committed a violent crime against two women, Shannon dealt with heartache over what the victims went through. But she also dealt with a complete lack of resources for the families. She lost her husband, many friends, her dreams of a baby, and so much more all in a single moment, and there wasn’t anything she could do about. When counseling or assistance was sought, she was told that none were available. And though experts agreed there was nothing she could have done to prevent the crime, she suffered a lot of censure for crimes she had not committed.

Though many expected her to completely abandon her husband, Shannon couldn’t just turn away without understanding what happened. And so, Through the Glass also follows the story of her quest to understand what went wrong, and to help Jason work his way towards some sort of healing as well.  It’s a fascinating subject, and one most of us don’t really consider all that often. But with prisons overcrowded and no end in sight, it’s an issue that affects a lot of families. By gaining an understanding of how crimes affect the families as well as the victims, programs can be created to hopefully stop the cycle.

Through the Glass is a well written memoir that tackles a difficult issue not generally broached. It’s a fascinating look at violent crime from a much different angle, and it’s a story told with kindness and grace.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)