By Kristina Riggle
Kristina Riggle definitely has a gift for writing about serious issues. This novel deals with some difficult situations.
Trish is a single mother. She has built a secure world where she feels safe. She is surrounded by all of the things that make her feel comfortable. Trish is a hoarder.
This all comes to light, as a crisis when Trish’s son is injured. Children’s Services is called in to investigate, with every intention of removing him from the home.
Trish needs help. Her sister, Mary, is her extreme opposite. Mary suffers from compulsive cleaning issues. The sisters must come together, out of a mutual dysfunctional past, to save Trish’s children. In doing this, perhaps they can save each other and themselves.
Hoarding often begins as a child, sometimes as an inherited condition. As with many conditions, it comes down to control. Hoarders learn to live seemingly multiple lives, in order to hide things from the world. Sometimes shame is their reason to hide, knowing that they are somehow wrong. Others are truly unaware of the depth or magnitude of their dysfunction. Some hoarders don’t recognize that they have a problem.
The family situations that can create hoarders can create the extreme opposite situations, as well. This is illustrated in this novel. In order to control or feel control, some go to the opposite extreme of compulsively cleaning, ridding oneself of things, as a type of personal cleansing.
Extremes are never healthy, in any form. Ultimately, to achieve peace one must find balance in our environment and within ourselves.