Top positive review
Couldn’t put it down
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
Wow. Just wow.
I’m a mystery/suspense/thriller fiend and I bought this book on a whim. I had just finished a new book by one of my favorite mystery writers when I decided to dig into Hollywood Park. I expected to have a tough time reading it, simply because it wasn’t my favorite type of book and because I’d just finished such an incredible mystery.
And wham. I became immersed in the story immediately when I started the book yesterday afternoon and got up at 4 a.m. this morning to finish it.
First of all, Mr. Jollett can flat write. I was amazed by his fluency, his descriptions, and most of all, by his raw honesty. It takes guts to lay it on the line as he does. To say his upbringing was brutal doesn’t begin to describe it. Yet I couldn’t look away, I think because he related small pockets of love that kept him going.
I also kept going because Mr. Jollett writes with such compassion, love, and generosity. His mother, who harmed him grievously, is treated with understanding and gentleness. He forgave and forgives her for the disorders compelling her to neglect and abuse him, for making his trauma all about her. He has risen above who did what to whom and has claimed as his own the life he had which in turn empowered him to do the hard work to heal, to change. He is no one’s victim and he got there, it seems to me, by refusing to blame anyone for what happened. He simply comes to understand what makes him tick and he sets about to remodel his interior so it is habitable.
This memoir is well worth buying and reading. I wish I could say something more profound because the book certainly deserves it, but I’m not the writer Mr. Jollett is. All I can say is don’t miss his story.