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In her eye-opening and heartrending fourth novel, award winning author Tanya J. Peterson takes us inside the anguished mind of Isaac Bittman-an average family man whose mysterious and progressively violent mood swings, many of which he cannot remember, begin to unravel the lives of those closest to him. After a series of bizarre encounters, including losing his job and wak ...more
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Published May 1st 2016 by Apprentice House
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William Lawrence
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read-novels
Great psychology novel. Isaac is not just any regular guy, and despite having a serious disorder, he is lucky to be so loved. Tanya Peterson provides a fantastic view into the world of someone with dissociative identity disorder. This book is heavy, simply because it deals with real life issues of someone with the disorder and those in his life, but the book also leaves the reader with a sense of hope. This is a fascinating subject and you really learn about the disorder a lot through the narrat ...more
Sushmita
“Twenty-Four Shadows” written by the award-winning Jamya J. Peterson is a must-read book for everyone where the book illustrates the struggle of living with the mental illness. In the novel, the novelist takes us inside the anguished mind of Isaac Bittman-an average family man and shows his violent mood swings many of which he cannot remember and begin to unravel the lives of the closest to him. In the novel, it shows how people behavior changes with the fear and of mental illness. In the novel, ...more
Grady
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘Too frequently, that sensation of warmth and tenderness seemed to seep through every pore and slither off to some unknown dark place.’

Tanya J Peterson comes to her writing gifts both as one who has experienced mental health issues with a bipolar I disorder and as an educator and a counselor who is Nationally Certified and has devoted her life to aiding homeless, runaway adolescents and patients with mental health malfunctions, both in one-on-one situations and as a speaker and mental health wri
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel is harsh because you live through the unraveling of Isaac Bittman's mind and life. In a sense, it's a sort of horror story - because what is more horrifying than not having control of your own mind or personality? Peterson brings us a person struggling with their mental illness rather than a caricature of them. Truly climbing into such a life isn't as simple as a creative imagination, dissociative identity disorder (or any mental illness really) isn't something the rest of us fully un ...more
Megalion
A powerful novel about disassociative identity disorder.

Issac is a happily married man with a beautiful son and a fun job as a mascot for a baseball team.

Yet he's frequently plagued with deep feelings of being a horrible person and undeserving of his wife and family. That he's ruining them.

There's always been odd lost moments in his life but now he's starting to lose bigger chunks of time. More things happen that can't be explained. Worst of all, he can't cover it up like he used to because h
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Nikky44
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Twenty-four shadows is a must-read. I fell in love with the characters. This book, just like Ms Peterson's previous ones, illustrates the struggles of living with mental illness. This is the most effective way to bring awareness of mental illness to the general reader. You get involved in the life of the character and all he is going through. The description of each emotion is so simple yet so powerful. It's a story about understanding, compassion and love. This book is proof that getting the ri ...more
Polly Krize
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An eye-opening look into the world of mental illness, specifically dissociative identity disorder or DID. As Isaac realizes he is losing touch with huge blocks of time in his life, he is terrified, and feeling he is a bad person. Diagnosis is difficult and the toll on his family huge. For me, reading about Isaac's self-hate and negative reinforcement was most uncomfortable and led me to explore the realities of DID and its effects.
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Anne Mackle
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading two of the novels by Tanya Peterson I didn't know how she could possibly top them,but she has. Tanya writes books about people with living with different kinds of mental illness.
Her books give us an insight into the lives of people we might not come across in our everyday lives. Through her books it is hoped we might understand more clearly what some people have to cope with. Of course it's not only the person with the disorder who have to learn how to cope but their family and cl
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Quinn
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I found the writing both good and bad at times (she great descriptions followed by some meh paragraphs, so 50/50), and there were parts of the story which seemed repetitive which is a shame since that took up the space needed for a more satisfying ending. In a way I liked the arch and it felt like a good place to end, but I also am left feeling unsatisfied/unresolved in some ways. I guess this is mostly down to the sudden ending of the subplot with the wife and neighbor/friend, but I also just g ...more
Rachel
I received a copy of this novel from Net Galley and Apprentice House in return for an honest review.
This is Peterson's fourth novel, and I'll be honest I hadn't heard of her before I requested the novel, I thought the premise sounded intriguing and wanted to check it out. This was a very interesting novel, the topic was absolutely fascinating, the only thing that let it down for me a little was the actual storytelling. The science and information that the author told us was really interesting an
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Kristine
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Twenty-Four Shadows by Tanya J. Peterson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late April. During a short stint of working in social security disability, I spoke with a man on the phone who was seeking supplementary income due to a long-term occasion of dissassociative identity disorder. Being extremely interested in his story and enrapt by its dynamic symptoms, I thought I'd read up on it to learn more.

Written in third-person narration with switched perspectives, this is a work of fiction th
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Laura Marchildon
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Twenty-Four Shadows” A Novel, by Tanya J. Peterson is a heartbreaking story of a man, Isaac, who, throughout his life, never felt comfortable in his own skin.
After a major incident, Isaac is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). “Twenty-Four Shadows” unfolds Isaac’s struggle through his healing process and the unconditional love and strength of his family.
Tanya J. Peterson does a superb job in illustrating the intricacies of Dissoc
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Udita
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instead of a fast paced thriller with strange twists and turns, in Twenty Four Shadows we see the simple and tight-knit world of Isaac Bittman fall to pieces slowly as he comes to terms with his illness. There is no excitement, just the terrible reality of friends and loved ones learning to deal with what is most peoples’ unthinkable. They watch Isaac slip away, change, become angry, sad, upset, and violent and remain helpless.

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Sharon McNeil
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A real page turner about dissociative fugues (DID)
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I honestly don't know how to describe what I'm feeling after reading this book. It is a fictional account of a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Right away my mind went to the book "Sybil" or the movie "Split", those being the extent of what I knew about DID. This reads like it is a true story of a man' suffering from DID. I felt for Isaac and all he went through. Luckily, he was able to get the help he needed and that he had the support of his family. It made me wonder about the people o ...more
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With credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor and personal experience with mental health care, novelist and columnist Tanya J. Peterson uses writing to increase understanding of and compassion for people living with mental illness. Her most recent work, Twenty-Four Shadows (Apprentice House, 2016) has received a Recommended rating by The US Review of Books. My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel (I ...more

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