The Blood on My Hands: An Autobiography
The responses of those whom O'Leary and her immediate family reach out ...more
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A particularly horrific and grim story of ongoing domestic violence and psychosis that is not addressed in the perpetrator’s lifetime – this is a uncomfortable book to read - imagine what it must have been like to endure? And endure Shannon O’Leary and her family did – the depravity here is unbelievable - if the author hadn’t qualified the read with “autobiography” you would think this was macabre crime fiction.
To enjoy or not to enjoy? No I can’t say I enjoyed this read – the wounds, p ...more
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Shannon's father seems to have multiple personalities which leads him to be violent and abusive, mainly to Shannon and her mum.
There are some parts that are quite horrific, mainly when her father is brutally getting rid of women's bodies that he has killed. Some parts certainly make for uncomfortable reading.
It is obvious that Shannon's father has a lot of mental health issues but unfortunately no matt ...more
From the opening line of the prologue, I knew this was going to be a book that would evoke deep emotions of sadness and anger in me. To say I enjoyed this book somehow seems wrong, so what I will say is, I was deeply moved by O’Leary’s story.
I don’t often read autobiographies but I’m drawn to these books because no matter how many I read, I have to know how and why these events were able to occur with no one intervening. I d ...more
I will not go into detail about the content; too many others have done so and I hate spoilers.
I did not see any grammar or spelling errors, and the author added footnotes describing Australian slang, native species, and even descriptions of literature quoted or cited (i.e. "Heidi"). I found this all very helpful.
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Huge thanks to Shannon O'Leary, Book Publicity Services and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
Once I picked this up I could not put it down, I needed to see how they got away from the monster who called himself their father, who called himself a husband.
The horrific mental, physical and sexual abuse he committed on his wife and the author over their time with him is abhorrent. Her brothers didn't fair much better and I wish I could've taken them all away from it.
When reviewing this book it's really important to stress that the review is not of the life, or the story itse ...more
Shannon O’Leary grew up in 1960’s and 70’s Australia in a Catholic family and was subjected to horrific brutal psychical and sexual abuse, psychological abuse and witnessing domestic abuse and serial murder. This book tells her true story. ...more
**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my view whatsoever.**
Some of the most devastating/fascinating stories are not fiction. In fact, some may not be too far from your own backyard. A few months ago, I received an email from author Shannon O’Leary about her novel. I have read through it three times since and finally here to write abo ...more
What courage it takes to write a book like this one especially since the tale is so disturbing, one can't help but hope it's exaggerated. However, that knee jerk reaction (i.e. this can't be true) is the same one that keeps victims isolated, mistrusted, and bla ...more
Shannon O’ Leary grew up in Australia during the 1960’s. She lived with her mum, brothers and her dad. Patrick O’ Leary has a split personality disorder, is abusive towards his family and a killer. Shannon O’ Leary watched him kill women on more than one occasion.
I truly admire her mother, for eventually leaving her husband and also forever trying to protect her children, give them a normal childhood and stay working too.
The Blood on My Hands is an excellen ...more
The story is told from the recollection of a young girl, who was onl ...more
Stories such as these are harrowing and heart-breaking but must be told. Even if the abusers are not bought to justice, the relief of unburdening oneself of these daily occurrences is unfathomable (althoug ...more
Yet this is not for the weak-hearted. The story is gruelling and trau ...more
There are a few reasons it has taken me so long to write this review. 1) I didn’t really want to write it. I got the book free and so I wanted to like the book and write a nice review. Unfortunately I didn’t like the book. 2) Shannon O’Leary suffered a horrific childhood and from things ...more
Aside from the horrific acts of physical and mental cruelty that dominate this book, there is one other fact that stands out : the lack of help available to the family despite repeated appeals to doctors, police, the Chu ...more
For Shannon O’Leary growing up with her parents and two brothers in the Australian outback was a traumatic and terrifying experience. In The Blood On My Hands she tells her story and reveals the horrific childhood and abuse she suffered at the hands of her mentally ill father. A father who not only terrorized his wife and children but committed murder, taking the lives of innocent women and travellers who were unfortunate enough to cross his path. This is a shocking read and one which is difficu...more
Shannon has acted and directed on the stage and on Australian national TV, and she runs her own production company.
She has numerous graduate and post-graduate degrees in education, music, and science. She is a teacher and academic, h ...more