Pump Up Your Book: “My Whispers of Horror” Book Review

By Ruth on January 6, 2014 in blog tour, book, promo, review


Women search for happiness no matter where they live. They want to build a life, family, career in order to insure a wholesome future. But in much of the world the patriarchal cultures women are born into simply nip at a woman’s potential and brutally guards the slave-like position that women occupy.

Women struggle as they are bought and sold as property. Their inheritance of an unequal and corrupt system that works against them. All while being enforced by domestic violence which women must deal with alone.

These issues, and so much more, are addressed by the voices of real women in ex-USSR nations. We included anonymous letters that will touch and terrify you on a personal level, while learning what women still have to deal with today.
My Whispers of Horror: Letters Telling Women's True Tales from Ex-USSR NationsMy Whispers of Horror: Letters Telling Women’s True Tales from Ex-USSR Nations by Olga Brine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has to be one of the hardest books I have read in quite some time. I have read about sex trafficking, and I have read about the Holocaust. I have read about Christian martyrs, and I have read about those who have overcome horrendous obstacles. I had no idea until I picked up this book that this was how life was and is in the Ukraine and Russia. We don’t hear much about the former USSR in America, and I never would have dreamed that such atrocities occurred amongst families. I was never physically nor sexually abused, but I see how bad things could be. I kept saying to myself, “There but for the grace of God go I.” I even found myself praying for several of these women along the way. When the stories ended with the woman being able to live her life in peace, I rejoiced. The hardest stories were the stories of women who were still in their horrific situation. I can’t imagine.

I now feel I understand one reason the birth rate in Russia is so low, and I even wonder about some of the “spam” I receive about Russian women looking for men. I discussed this book in great detail with my mom, and she was just as shocked to hear some of the stories. Content warning–this is a very weighty book to read with adult situations and adult language. I honestly didn’t find myself offended at the profanity since it was in letters from real women in abusive situations. But know that it is there. Don’t sit down and read the book in one sitting. I tried, and I really struggled to get through many of the stories. I would have preferred having a good week or two to read the stories one at a time. I recommend this book to anyone who is ready to learn about something that NEVER makes the news, but needs to be known.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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1 Comment

  1. Kathleen Kelly March 29, 2016 Reply

    I read this book also for review and it was so heartbreaking. Nice review.

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