One month into our marriage, my husband committed horrific violent crimes. In that instant, the life I knew was destroyed. I vowed that one day I would be whole again. This is my story.
When Shannon Moroney married in October of 2005, she had no idea that her idyllic life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. Just weeks 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 deals with unimaginable grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt-by-association—all while attempting to understand what made her beloved husband turn to such violence.
In this intimate and gripping portrait of pain and forgiveness, Shannon reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason’s crimes, the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of sex offenders, and the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation and victimhood over recovery. A well-crafted and clear-eyed journey into prisons, courtrooms, as well as the human heart, this courageous story explores the nuances in determining what makes a good person and, ultimately, celebrates the power of forgiveness.