Through the Glass

Through the Glass

Book - 2011
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An impassioned, harrowing and ultimately hopeful story of one woman's pursuit of justice, forgiveness and healing.

When Shannon Moroney married in October of 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged in the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, Shannon dealt with a heavy burden of grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt-by-association, all while attempting to understand what had made Jason turn to such violence.

In this intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the human heart, Shannon reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason's crimes, the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders and the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery.
ISBN: 9780385676038
Characteristics: 355 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm.


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May 31, 2018

This is an excellent book and the author is a remarkable woman. Whenever I've read in the news about a man who has committed a deviant crime, I've always wondered how the spouse could have shared her life with such a monster and still be so clueless. After reading this book, from now on, instead of leaping to judgement, I will now realize that things aren't always so easily explainable, so clear cut; that the spouse is often just as much a victim of her husband's actions as his victims. This book provides thoughtful insight into the destruction wreaked on the lives of the loved ones of a criminal because of the choices that he alone has made, and also shows why it's so important for the rest of us to choose compassion over judgement unless we have first walked in another person's shoes.

racing14 Jan 16, 2017

I was truly amazed by the author's perspective and compassion. Such an amazing read! This would make a great book club pick.

Beautifully written. I do not recall hearing about this story in the news. It definitely opens your eyes to the impact crime has on not only the victims lives but the family as well. The author does a wonderful job of describing her feelings and conveying the complexities of the legal system, the lack of resources available to her and her family.

Rachiecakes Mar 20, 2013

I ripped through this book in a matter of a few hours on a road trip - it was a well written account of the horrible situation the author was put through when her husband commits a heinous crime. It is a fascinating look at the Canadian penal system, and an intriguing insight into the lives of those who find themselves on the "other side" of a crime -- the family members and loved ones of the accused. I liked that it was taken from this unusal perspective -- as usually true crime books are written from the point of view of the victims. I found her story very inspirational as she broke through to the other side of this tragedy with grace, loyalty courage, and compassion for those horribly wounded. Highly recommended.

loonylovesgood Mar 18, 2013

Interesting book. I found it hard to be truly sympathetic to her at first because *SPOILER AHEAD*

she married this man already knowing that he had murdered someone once. I appreciate what she ended up doing with her life and her advocacy for families of offenders. But I did feel like I would have felt more sympathy for her if her husband hadn't been an offender in the first place, no matter how rehabiliated he was.

Sep 21, 2012

Engaging and beautiful book that makes the reader feel the emotional turmoil one goes through dealing with crimes a loved one commits. The book changed how I look at individuals who are in jail- empathy and compassion not the judgement.

Sep 05, 2012

Very interesting read. Appreciated the insights offered by family of a dangerous offender and also the treatment or lack thereof of both criminals and their families/friends. A real eye-opener.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Jun 13, 2012

Interesting "true crime" story about the experience of those caught up in the aftermath. She describes her journey and search for help and answers in the criminal justice system and society. Fascinating look at a heinous crime from a different point of view.

mulberrystreet Apr 11, 2012

This was a very interesting and personal perspective on the criminal justice system.

Feb 12, 2012

I read the previous reviews on the library website and was expecting this book to be a very disappointing read because of them. I was committed to reading the story because I heard an interview on CBC and was interested, though, so I went ahead and read it... and I'm glad I did. Another thing that encouraged me to read this book was that I actually sent Shannon Moroney an e-mail and she responded back to me. I found her to be a warm and compassionate person, not only on the radio, but also to me directly. I could relate to her because of that. I think this book has the potential to turn many lives around, and perhaps already has. The insight into the Canadian justice system is quite fascinating. The book also stresses the importance of recognizing how everyone who loves the person who committed the crime and everyone who loves those who were affected by the crime is affected by it as well, which is an important thing to remember. I did not find, like one reviewer suggested, that Ms. Moroney was trying to excuse Jason's actions at all. She was not. She was trying to find an explanation for why he did it, to get to the bottom of it, to understand why things happened the way they did, and how they could be prevented from happening in the future. I read this book out loud to my Dad (who also first heard about this story on CBC) ... from beginning to end... and we talked about it together. I feel that maybe if I read it in my head, it would have been harder to put myself in Ms. Moroney's shoes, but reading it out loud forced me to accept her story the way she was telling it and feel her sorrow in an even more personal way than if I had just read it in my head. There were times I wanted to cry and there were times I did cry, but I pushed through and read till the end. It was worth the read. If only all people who have suffered sexual abuse had the kind of apology Jason gave... then maybe this world would be a better place. Maybe it would be even better if we would look for the issues that cause criminal behaviour in the first place, as Ms. Moroney seems to suggest several times in this book, so that that criminal behaviour can be prevented from happening to begin with. My impression of this book is that Ms. Moroney wrote it not only to share her story, but also because she has a hope for a better and more compassionate world where violence would cease to exist. While this may appear to be an unrealistic wish, it is an honourable thing to wish for. This book makes me want to give her a hug.

Jan 16, 2012

The author is asking us to see Jason as the victim,and the two women as the side effects of him being"broken".I feel she was looking very hard for excusses and how to explain away his actions.It was reminiscent of the Twinkie Defense used in the Dan White murder trial of Harvey Milk;too much junk food,caffeine.....

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Jan 07, 2012

Excellent commentary on restorative justice written by one who has first hand experience. A voice of reason that adds credence and weight to those who are speaking out against the 'get tough on crime' mentality. The author documents her experiences, not only with the shortcomings of the justice system as it deals with the perpetrators and their victims, but also with those who are neither perpetrator nor victim but the innocent person(s) related to the perpetrator.


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