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Through the Glass [Hardcover]

Shannon Moroney
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Oct. 9 2012
“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.”

An impassioned, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful story of one woman’s pursuit of justice, forgiveness, and healing.

When Shannon Moroney got married in October 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month 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 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 Jason turn to such violence.

In this intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms, and the human heart, Shannon reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason’s crimes and the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders. In so doing, she addresses the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritize punishment over rehabilitation and victimhood over recovery.

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"A disturbing, lavishly written account . . . [Moroney] emerges as a credible advocate of what is termed 'restorative justice,' which stresses healing and reconciliation between offender and victim rather than just punishment."
—The Globe and Mail --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Shannon Moroney lives in Toronto, where she is happily remarried. She is an advocate of restorative justice, a volunteer with Leave Out ViolencE, and a contributor to the international Forgiveness Project.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN !! Oct. 19 2011
As a fellow inmate at PITTSBURGH INSTITUTION, a minimum security prison near KINGSTON, ONTARIO, I did Community Service with JASON STAPLES, the subject of this book ... and got to know him quite well. Shannon's book brilliantly captures his essence; a young man of exceptional talents, effortlessly charismatic, kind and polite to a fault .... and, as we know now, capable of horrendous violence.

Shannon's portrayal of her step by step walk "through the valley" is compelling in a rather counterintuitve way. She doesn't offer up a neat package of answers to her former husband's utterly inexplicable acts, except to say that, as a child, he was "hurt" and, as an adult, he "hurt back", an explanation that is moving in its simplicity. The focus of the book, instead, is on her complex journey from shock and devastation to acceptance, forgiveness and, eventually, a fulfilling new live.

An interesting theme that runs throughout is the reaction of her former employer and some former friends whose fear and anger seemed to be searching for a focus and inexplicably landed on her. This complex "blame the victim" thread adds to the depth and substance of this exceptional book.

Shannon could have chosen the easy way out; to "cut and run" the moment Jason's actions shattered her life. The fact that she chose to bring some meaning and understanding to her pain is a tribute to her substance as a person .... and a lesson to us all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a page-turner May 23 2013
By Lynne Frappier TOP 500 REVIEWER
This memoir was not only well written, it was written in such an honest way. Shannon Moroney was able to respectfully represent victims who were affected by her husband's crime - including herself and her family. She didn't shy away from what Jason did, she didn't excuse his behaviour, but she did highlight the impact from the offenders families point of view: she highlighted how difficult it was for her, since she too was a victim.

At the end of the day though, it was the story of a victim and we follow her as she struggles with getting through the event, and overcomes all the impacts it has had on her life. As someone who had to do something similar, I felt her frustration while she was depressed, her anger towards the act of violence, and her sadness at what has been taken away from her life.

Shannon also provided us with a very insightful look into our criminal justice system - and the alternatives that could be looked at to posisbly change the high percentage of re-offenders.

I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish March 15 2013
I came across this book at the library, and was intrigued. I didn't even get halfway before I gave up. I couldn't get past her "me me me" attitude and and how self indulgent the whole thing is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way to go July 5 2012
The author, Shannon, went through an unbearable ordeal and was brave enough to relate her journey. Instead of diving into self-pity and deeper into depression, she fought back. By raising the awareness on the lack of support of victims' families and the flaws in the judicial system in this regard, she, along with the other advocate of this issue, has open up dialogue and maybe ONE more resources will be available.
I do not agree with the other readers that condemn her for writing a book for "profit". Why shouldn't she? We are not in her shoes and we don't know why she wrote the book, whether it is as a coping mechanism or for sharing her experience or any other reason. And if it is for profit, well good for her, she deserves it. Put yourself in her shoes for one day, I'm sure it's was not an easy journey for her, or any of the other victims for that matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For me, this was a very difficult book to ... Oct. 3 2014
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For me, this was a very difficult book to read. I had no idea that someone's actions can impact so heavily on another's life - job status, friendships etc. The fact that help was not forthcoming from the places one might expect was hard to accept. Shannon Moroney was/is a strong person; I have grave concern for those who are not as strong as she is.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please. March 1 2012
Staggeringly self-centred, opportunistic memoir from a woman who felt she had the right to repeatedly demand personal details about the identities and families of Staples' victims, while petitioning the court to ban her own name from publication. Get this from the library, if you must read it, and donate the saved cost of the book to a rape crisis centre.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was impressed by Shannon Moroney's openness, her generosity of spirit and her tenacity. I liked her and can understand that this was a horrible chapter in her life, but I grew frustrated with her insistence that she MUST know the victims identity. She went to far as to cross off friends from her "Golden Circle" who would not tell her the victims identity, despite the fact that they were directly asked by the victims family NOT to tell her. Seriously? I know it sucked for her, but it sucked worse for the victims and their families.
I found the book slow, overwritten, and self indulgent. If you write your own story, it's bound to be self indulgent, but that's where a good editor should step in and clean it up a bit.
The book did raise lots of questions, and I was wishing I'd read it with a book club because it's the kind of book that will open alot of debate. However, if you just want the basics of the story, read her article in the Globe and Mail! Only 3 pages long - much better read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars couldn't finish it
I agree with the other one star reviews; this author is terribly self-indulgent and has no respect for the real victims in this book.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Victims
I couldn't put this book down. I devoured it. It was that good! I am glad the author was able to feel some vindication for the frankly rotten treatment she received from some... Read more
Published 7 months ago by "Why" Quest
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
After hearing Shannon's interview on CBC radio I wanted to know "the rest of the story".
Even though you thought you knew the whole story by reading the back page, and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by et
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for Thought
This book has intrigued me ever since I heard about it. I volunteer to support and advocate for victims of crime and have often wondered, along with others in my field, who... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2012 by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Understandings
This book reveals some very important understandings. It is time we come to terms with how we want to hold people accountable for their crimes and also have compassion and... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2011 by Janice B
5.0 out of 5 stars Restoring Justice
A friend, my husband and I found this well-written book completely engaging, not just as the account of a horrendous event in this woman's life, but of how she circumspectly went... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2011 by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Story of Resiliency and Forgiveness
I first heard Shannon Maroney's story when I heard her being interviewed in the CBC Radio show The Current. I had to order her book immediately. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2011 by Ali P.
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