Book Review: Diary of a Crack Addict's Wife - Cynthia D Hunter
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A captivating and mind-blowing read
Diary of a crack addict's wife is the true life story of Cynthia D Hunter, and the misery she endured living with, and being abused by a crack-addicted boyfriend. She is first introduced to Mark by her brother- in - law and she is immediately lured in by his good looks and charm. Cynthia's story unfolds circa 1985 at the height of the crack epidemic in Patterson NJ. She is 25 years old.
The book is a collection of diary entries from September 1985 through July 1988, which detail the horrors she and her children endured. The most admirable thing about this woman is she has a clear sense of direction, she isn't afraid to make a bold move. Buying a three-family home and a luxury car show convey a strong message about desire to be better. Sadly though, she learns all too soon what the harsh realities of living with a crack addict can bring. In spite of her support system of family and friends - her pride will not allow her to share her pain with anyone - other than her best friend Audra (also embattled in a similar situation) and her seven year old son Terry, who Cynthia liens on heavily for support.
The book is tragic and sad at parts, but there is also a clear resolve for change that Cynthia displays and although you feel she is being naïve sometimes, it is very difficult to judge her based solely on that. It is evident that she is fooling herself, yet you see that she is merely in “survival mode” and just trying to keep things stable. There are stories and parts that reveal her inner-most thoughts and feelings, laying the background for why she makes certain choices.
I admired Cynthia’s inner-strength and resolve and her cool headed ability to keep her wits about her in times of drama and stress and continually rise above all the turmoil Mark created.
This book inspired me and touched me on many levels. I should say here that as much as I wanted to judge Cynthia for allowing this man to drag her down to his level, I was unable to based purely on my own past and being able to identify with what she lived through. Ultimately, I understood the emotions she felt and the fear and confusion that gripped her soul. It is an excellent book, a page turner, and took me only a day and a half to finish all 266 pages.
By the time I reached the ending of the book, I felt wholly disappointed in Cynthia. I felt as though a woman with her intelligence and resources let the situation go on far too long. I still feel that this book is a great read and particularly for those who are going through, or have been through living with an addict. I applaud Cynthia for having the courage to share her story. The book is filled with educational material and resources for those in need. The Book was commercially published in 2005 and turned into a screenplay. Cynthia has established a foundation, Turning Point Advantage Institute to teach and inspire women in abusive situations. I am providing a link to her website where you can get more information on Cindy and the services offered to victims.
I suggest this book for everyone, it is an awesome read and even if you can't identify with what she is going through personally, you may know someone who is be able to share it with them. Ultimatly Cynthia is able to turn her situation and life around in a very positive way.