Hill paints a landscape portrait of dark, hidden places, the dichotomy of self and the ability of the human spirit to persevere.

To the world—and especially in her best friend's eyes—Rayne Holland has an idyllic life. But deep in the recesses of her mind, Rayne keeps a horrible secret that impacts her soul, her marriage and everyone around her.

Only after a tragedy kills her husband and daughter, and another cataclysmic event spurs a suicide attempt, does Rayne get help from the empathetic Dr. Pauline Dennis, whose dedication to her job brings her to a crossroad of her own.

Though rape and incest are very difficult topics, In My Bedroom is never offensive and shines a light on the turmoil of survivors. In this beautifully written, very powerful book, Hill explores the darkest betrayal, but the overall message is one of understanding and hope. (Jan., 272 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed by: 
Meredith J. Leo