Now I Can See the Moon

A memoir of the mind-boggling social panic that swept the country in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in dozens of daycare workers being accused or convicted of heinous sex crimes involving children—despite a consistent lack of evidence supporting the charges. Women began recalling episodes of ritual abuse by members of satanic cults, and diagnoses of multiple personality disorder spiked. In trying to understand the suicide of her twenty-three year-old niece, the author discovers that what she thought was an isolated tragedy was, in face, part of a much larger social phenomenon that sucked in individuals from all walks of life—with devastating consequences.

My Review

I have read several books on the topic of eating disorders and multiple personality disorder but Alice Tallmadge really get me a deep look into just really how these disorders affect someone. Alice shared passages from her niece's journal. It just broke my heart reading Michelle's thoughts. It was as if I could hear her voice calling out through a thick cloud of fog. Understanding the trauma that Michelle endured as a young girl did paint a picture into how she developed both a eating disorder and multiple personality disorder.  

I have heard of satanic cults and heard a little of what types of rituals are conducted. However, like Alice, I don't know much on the subject. Also, I never would have imagined that these types of cults could happen in daycares. The innocence of children lost forever by people of power. Sadly, Michelle's parents and Alice tried everything they could to help Michelle but her demons took over and won in the end. While, this is a really good book, it is hard at times to read and digest what I was reading. Yet, don't let this factor deter you from picking up this book as it does deserve a look.


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