The following review of my book Treasures from Darkness, was written by an author in the UK. Peter Maughan. I was honored to have him read my book and review it...Here it is:
A story of a fractured life, a life that for the author, an intelligent and talented young woman, ran more or less along the same sort of lines as other lives, until while still in college (winning art and academic scholarships to get there) the depression and the voices that had started to speak to her alone were diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia. What follows is a painful and sometimes harrowing journey for the reader – the author’s writing ability ensures that – carrying as it does the smell and frantic distortions of mental illness and the horrors of the places it took the author, but it is also, in its demonstration of that bright flame, undimmed and undimmable, the human spirit, an inspiring one. Cynthia Lott Vogel’s life has been – and to some extent still is – a heavily burdened one. But it is one in which, sometimes despite herself, or rather her illness, a grace note of faith, of hope, has survived – the ‘treasures hidden in the darkness.’Thank you Peter for your review!