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4.0 out of 5 stars She Nails It Aug. 28 2003
By Joan D.
Isabel Murphy's life is falling apart as "But Inside I'm Screaming" begins. She's probably blown her career by freezing on-air during a breaking news story. Her marriage is collapsing and even her plant has died. Author Elizabeth Flock takes us through the suicidal emotions and struggles of a woman who uses her career as a network journalist to fill up the holes in her heart. And Murphy's journey through a mental institution strips away her successes as well as her failures and forces her to examine her choices and their consequences.
I read this book in two and a half hours because I simply couldn't put it down. Flock nails exactly the newsroom lingo and life. And her exploration of Isabel's psyche should make all of us think about our motivations for achievement. Bravo to Liz for having the talent and guts to write what we all think and never say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very realistic... Sept. 1 2003
Isabel Murphy is a hot anchorwoman, until she has a meltdown on live television as the story of Diana Princess of Wales' death breaks. Unable to cope, Isabel even goes to the extent of attempting suicide, but fails.
She finds herself in a mental hospital, robbed of all semblance of privacy in a world few can imagine. Dignity and reality are only distant dreams on the road to healing. When drug therapy fails, shock is used. Isabel witnesses true horrors, more awful than anything she ever reported. She has to hit absalute bottom before being able to find her way back to life.
***** This is a starkly real novel, one that can be terrifying, not for the reason something like Stephen King would write would be, but because Isabel could be you, or me, or your neighbor so very easily. The only thing separating her from us is a thin line. This is a powerful book that will disturb and shock you at times, but will not fail to move you. *****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD TO RECOVERY! Oct. 24 2011
By Janet Babins TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is the story of Isabel Murphy, a young and talented reporter who was filling in for the weekend anchor when an urgent story came in from Buchingham Palace confirming that Diana, Princess of Wales was in a serious car accident. Isabel had never done a Special Report before in New York. Her heart was pounding and she became overwhelmed. Isabel looked into the camera and in front of all the viewers, froze. This had never happened before in her career.

She feels like a failure once again in her life and tries to commit suicide by swallowing a fistful of pills and fails. This wasn't her first attempt. She winds up at the Three Breezes Psychiatric Hospital. Going back to her youth, Isabel always felt like an outsider looking in. Her sadness gave way to isolation and she felt as though she were sleepwalking through life.

When at the hospital, the patients whom she meets on the Unit suffer from schizophrenia,manic depression now known as bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive disorder etc. She wonders what she is doing there with these very sick people and doesn't feel as though she belongs. She refuses to co-operate with the doctors until she is coaxed into attending group sessions and group exercise in the living room on the Unit.There's an exercise that has all the patients introducing themselves by moving from one chair to the next for thirty seconds so that everyone gets to know one another. Then they are asked why they are there and each one has a turn speaking. She reminds herself that it was only two weeks ago when she was covering the Middle East Peace Summit at the White House. At Group Therapy, Isabel is asked why she took all those pills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful character study Sept. 2 2003
In NYC, Isabel Murphy is a rising anchorwoman at the American News Network (ANN). However, voices in her head keep telling her that her family feels she is worthless and her catastrophic marriage adds to her lack of confidence and emotional belief that her parents are right when they call her a disappointing failure.
Isabel has a chance to prove otherwise when she is the only newsperson at the station when the death of Diana Princess surfaces. She goes on the air to report the breaking news, but freezes and is unable to say a word as her brain just drums to the beat of failure. Knowing her broadcast career is over and how she has disappointed everyone, Isabel opts for suicide, but fails at that. She enters Three Breezes Psychiatric Facility where she finds the lunatic asylum worse than anything she ever imagined. She will only fly above the cuckoo's nest when she accepts that she can't please everyone so she should try to please herself.
This is an insightful character study that looks extremely close into the psyche of someone whose mental breakdown and depression places her over the edge. The bleak yet at times amusing well written story line focuses on Isabel whose collapse will stun the audience even while we follow her thoughts and actions. Isabel's disintegration with a frightening glimpse of the goings-on at the psychiatric facility is not for everyone, but readers will agree that Elizabeth Flock provides a powerhouse.
Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ummmm Nov. 21 2012
By P.A.W
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I would probably give this a 3 1/2 star rating. It is about a woman who has a breakdown and her journey to find mental health again. Although it was reasonably well written, it kept reminding me of a better book, "I never promised you a rose garden" which I read a number of years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life
I read this book almost 2 years ago and it changed my life. I read it through one weekend and could not sleep for days - it enable me to take the first step and seek help. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A Montreal Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Felt like sreaming at the end
Interesting characters and some unconventional writing style made for an enjoyable read until the author wrapped up the book as if she'd suddenly run out of things to say.
Published 17 months ago by Ken Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars Inside I'm Screaming
Hard to get into, as it is quite scattered. By the time I "got it" it was good and I needed to now the ending.
Published on June 5 2011 by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - but a little fast in places!
While I did really enjoy this book, I did find some gaps left open.
I wanted to know more about Alex, more about her supposed affair, etc. Read more
Published on June 30 2010 by Marlene Savary
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Draining
This novel took the author four years to write, and it's clearly understandable why: it's so harrowing. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2008 by Tez Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoring and Powerful
This is one of the best books I've read in a while. I was immediately absored by the main character, Isabel. This is a brutally honest portral of hopelessness and depression. Read more
Published on June 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I belong to a "chapter-a-day" online book club, and this was one of the selections a few weeks ago. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Cheap and Chic Fashion Chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This was a FABULOUS book. What I loved most,since I work in the mental health field, it was acurate portrayals of the people that I have worked with in the past. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by LFerrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling- A Must!
This book was a very quick read- but, what an impact it had! Sad, funny, and overall, very engrossing. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by "megs1234"
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, insightful and flooring
But Inside I'm Screaming enthralled me from beginning to end. I literally dropped everything to read this from cover to cover. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by CoffeeGurl
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