Through the Glass
I met Shannon Moroney at a restorative justice conference in November of 2011. She was the keynote speaker of the event and luckily I had a chance to meet her before she took to the microphone. From what i could gather, she seemed like a lovely and pleasant woman, but her story was far from it. Six years earlier in 2005, just one month after her wedding. A police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged with the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, she 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 her husband turn to such violence. This book is an intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the implicit dangers of a correctional system that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery. This book broke my heart and put it back together again. It will forever change you, as it has me.
Note: This book is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster under the title 'The Stranger Inside'.