Review: The Olive Tree by Deborah Anderson

The Olive Tree by Deborah AndersonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

Warning: This book does handle controversial subjects and may not be for the faint hearted.


From the very first line I was torn from my reality and dragged onto a never-ending carousel ride that Deborah Anderson has created. “The Olive Tree” is a visceral story of abuse and living with bipolar, with close accounts of the suffering and self-destruction it can cause. It is a realistic portrayal of heartbreak, dreams lost and found, and the ugliness of people’s actions.

In spite of this novel being fiction, Sindy, the main protagonist, felt as real as myself. She will burrow deep into your psyche and expose life’s flaws; obliterating the façade of life being like the fairy tales you read as a child. She intimately retells her devastating story, until you all but climb inside her skin and experience it in the first person. You live through her struggle to maintain her sanity; her battle of whether life is worth living and the betrayal from both her loved ones and her thoughts.
Anderson has the makings of a great writer, through her ability to hijackarning: This book does handle controversial subjects and may not be for the faint hearted.


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