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Thin Wire is an honest and intimate account of heroin addiction told by both mother and daughter. Amber is introduced to drugs and becomes addicted without her mother's knowledge. She meets a dealer who feeds her habit. Whilst living together, they are raided by the police. Bailed to her mother's address with a £200-a-day addiction, Amber doesn't think her family will acceThin Wire is an honest and intimate account of heroin addiction told by both mother and daughter. Amber is introduced to drugs and becomes addicted without her mother's knowledge. She meets a dealer who feeds her habit. Whilst living together, they are raided by the police. Bailed to her mother's address with a £200-a-day addiction, Amber doesn't think her family will accept her back when they discover the truth. When she's charged by the police with dealing class A drugs and accepting stolen goods, she fears she'll go to prison. Trying to feed her habit alone, Amber meets a fellow addict who offers to introduce her to prostitution. The prospect terrifies her, but will her mother help her?An unflinching story that looks at drug addiction from two sides. The book's concluding section offers two sets of personal guidelines; one for addicts, the other for parents or partners of addicts, while the in-depth, harrowing real life story vividly illustrates the difficulties of overcoming addiction. In a society where 50% of teenagers experiment with drugs, Amber is every mother's child. She could be yours....

Title : Thin Wire: A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Heroin Addiction
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Thin Wire: A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Heroin Addiction Reviews

  • Jennifer Lynn Harrison
    2019-05-23 08:49

    This book tells the story of a mother and daughter fighting through the addiction of the daughter- heroin addiction. It takes place in the UK, so there is some slang/terminology that is different but sets the environment nicely. The book switches POVs each chapter- one chapter from the mother's POV, the next chapter from the daughter's. The daughter began living with a heroin dealer and when the cops raided the place, she too was arrested and faced jail time, for being an accessory. She was released on probation to her mother's house where she HAD to get clean - and this is the tale. It was a good story, more so because it was non-fiction, but the book was so uneven with the mom and girl telling two parts of the same story, and as expected the sordid tales of the daughter were way more interesting than the 'Oh I am so worried about her' chapters told by the mom. Worth the read if you like stories of addiction and the descent of regular folks into a world of crime. --Jen from Quebec :0)

  • Virginia Welch
    2019-05-24 12:41

    Just finished this gripping book by Christine Lewry. I found her candid story of her agonizing efforts to help her daughter Amber get off heroin to be enthralling and highly emotional. But I’m biased: I know a heroin addict and have often wondered what this person is going through in his/her attempts to get clean. Ms. Lewry does an outstanding job of illustrating the bondage of addiction and the impact it has on those who love the addict. In detail Ms. Lewry writes of her denial, frustration, disappointment, anger, money spent, and years of tireless effort to help her daughter. The family is from the UK and her account is set in the London area, so American readers will be introduced to some interesting new terms. I had to stop reading a number of times to look up words on the Internet, but I enjoy learning Britishisms, no problem.There are highs and lows in the story that keep you on the edge. The account alternates between narration by the author and her daughter, which is an interesting format, but I liked it. It kept the writing fresh. If you know a heroin addict, you’ll find Ms. Lewry’s 329-page book very informative. I learned a lot from her story, facts about addiction that will help me to understand and extend compassion to others as enslaved as her daughter.A final note: I would give the book 4.5 if I could because of minor editing issues. But in this review format I can’t give it a half point, and to reduce it to 4 stars—when the writing is so transparent and thoughtful—just doesn’t seem fair.

  • Terry Tyler
    2019-05-20 14:41

    It's hard to review a book such as this; the purpose of a review is not to discuss the subject matter, but the way it is written - in other words, it is not for the reviewer to weigh up the rights and wrongs of the situation or to lay blame, but to look at the structure of the story itself.I did enjoy reading the book, getting out my Kindle on bus journeys, doing that "can I just finish this chapter?" thing when Him Indoors wanted to watch a film - an indication that it's pretty well written; if it wasn't, I would have stopped reading it. It certainly kept my interest; that's partly because I find tales of descent into drug and alcohol use quite absorbing, I don't know why. I liked the 'warts and all' way that the addicts' homes and lives were depicted - there was certainly no glamourising of the drug lifestyle! If this book has done anything it will have shown any youngsters who know nothing of these things what it is really like - and for that I applaud it.I've said that it would be wrong for a reviewer to give an opinion on the situation, though in a story of this type it is hard not to; I will say that my sympathies changed over the course of the book, not necessarily just between the two main characters. One of the reasons I've given it 3 stars rather than 4 is that I felt there were some omissions, and I wondered if these were to save us from the whole story; for instance, when Amber was packed off to the Canaries for a week, in one paragraph she was getting into the bath on her first night, and in the next she was home again, with no gap in between ... maybe nothing happened, I don't know! Also, I would have liked to have known about what happened to people like Dave, and Jason. I was waiting to find out how Dave fared once he was back 'on the street' - and I never did.Although it was the viewpoints of two people, it seemed to be written all by the same person; the 'voice' was the same, it just said different things. I know it's actually by the mother, so to give two different voices must have been difficult; it's not like writing fiction. The other thing I was not keen on was the way Amber kept referring to being 'clean', even though she was still using other substances.Aside from those aspects of it, I'd say that if you're interested in this sort of story then yes, I'd definitely recommend reading it. I expect the lists of suggestions at the end of the book from both mother and daughter are very helpful to any person in this situation, too.

  • Chris Steeden
    2019-06-02 08:57

    If anyone thinks that taking hard drugs is glamorous or you can just do it recreationally then you should read this. Greasy unkempt drug dealers to junkies that completely let themselves go and are unable to do anything productive with their lives. It is no life. Money is needed to keep this habit. A junkie can’t hold down a job as Amber proves so what are the options? Stealing and prostitution are the easy ways to get money.The book is laid out with the story and thoughts of mother and daughter. We hear it from the daughters side and the mothers side which makes it thought provoking. The mother is Christina and she had Amber when she was only 21 years old and the violent father did not last 18 months until he was gone. We see Amber grow and become an addict in a small town environment. Grubby life, grubby flats and grubby people. It is not pleasant so why can’t an addict stop? This is something that I am sure Christine thought constantly about. Her daughter, the heroin junkie. Stopping is not easy as the book proves.I thought this was going to be a thoroughly depressing book and I did think twice before reading it. I have two daughters and cannot imagine what it would be like for a parent of a junkie daughter to go through this. How would I cope? It is hard to imagine just how hard it must have been for Christine.The book is easy to read even though the subject matter is not.

  • Amber
    2019-06-03 08:41

    I expected so much more from Thin Wire. Through the eyes of both mother and daughter, watch a young woman struggle with her addiction to heroin. After her and her boyfriend's bedsit is raided, Amber finds her life turned upside down. She loses her boyfriend, her home, and the illusion that she's not an addict. Her mom Christine find herself wrapped up in her daughter's addiction doing everything she can to save her beloved child from the lure of gear (slang for heroin). The story itself is intriguing. I didn't want to put it down - I wanted to find out what happened to these fragile women. But throughout the whole book, I was on edge - I was constantly waiting for Christine to realize she was enabling her daughter's addiction. I was waiting for her marriage to crack, for something more to come crashing down. How little of that actually was told is unbelievable and takes credibility from the story.I feel like there was so much of this tale that remains untold. Yes, there are horrible things that Amber does to her family while in the throes of her addiction, but that being said, the story still reads like a cleaned up memoir of heroin addiction. There has to be more than what Thin Wire wants you to believe. I want the rest of the story.

  • Jeannie Walker
    2019-05-16 09:44

    A Heartfelt AccountEach person who struggles with drug addiction is different in some ways, but the same in others. Each drug addict has a deep problem that affects them and their friends and loved ones. I especially liked how the author puts both her account and her daughter's account in the book. I only wish there had been more dialogue. But, I believe anyone who thinks they know someone who has a drug problem should take time to read this honest and intimate account of heroin addiction that is told by both mother and daughter. I personally know how hard it is and how much courage it takes to open our lives up to the world in the hope of helping others.Jeannie Walker Award Winning Author of "I Saw the Light" - A True Story of a Near-Death Experience

  • Jessica Ashe
    2019-06-04 12:47

    I was captivated by this book and the topic of addiction as my mother is an addict and I wanted to better understand from a mother's perspective vs. a daughter's perspective. I'm not sure I found the answers to all my questions in this book, but it was a heart wrenching, painful, sometimes difficult to read story that shined light upon the issues of how deep a mother's love runs (or should run), how deep the addiction to drugs can go, and how even if an addict really does want to quit their urges can pull them back under. In this particular story, it took Amber losing her best friend to an overdose for her to completely break the heroin addiction.

  • Ben
    2019-06-03 10:02

    The raw struggle of Mother and DaughterThere is no hiding from the fact that someone around you has struggles that are hiding below the surface. It is easy to try to turn a blind eye when it is something as awful as drug addiction and one if your children. Christine never knew how to really show her love to her daughter when she was young. Later in life she shows her daughter Amber a deep love by staying with her and even dishing out some tough love to help Amber fight her addiction to heroin. This is an inspiring tale of hurt, love, and forgiveness.

  • Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
    2019-06-01 13:40

    Got this book free from amazon a while ago. Looked good.Solid 3.5 stars.This story is about a mother's journey through her daughters herion addiction. It is actually quite sad, because while the mother is trying to help her daughter through this addiction, the mother gets diagnosed with breast cancer and has to deal with that on top of her daughters addiction.God bless the all the parents in the world who have gone through this or is currently going through this.Very nice Read.

  • Marie Wallace
    2019-06-03 10:01

    Honest and revealingYou will hear two voices in this book. Amber the daughter who is an addict and Christine her mom. This is their journey together and it helped me understand addiction. They are honest about the many mistakes and success. At times I wanted to shake Christine because she was the in denial about the need for professional help. However this was her true journey and she continued to fight for her daughter.

  • Natalia
    2019-05-25 14:51

    Captivating I have no personal experience with heroin, so I was fascinated by this book. I thought it was well written and I liked the use of two narrators to tell the story from two points of view. I devoured it quickly and didn't realize until the end that this was a true story. That made it all the more remarkable to me.

  • Brenda Benoit
    2019-06-09 11:56

    This was an honest look at how heroin impacted one family - from the points of view of the mother and the heroin addict daughter. Thankfully I have not gone through such a thing and it was eye opening and scary to read about how easily addicting heroin can be.

  • Kenneth Maltby-Russell
    2019-05-26 09:58

    The journeyHaving travelled this journey with others it was helpful to see both sides in writing not verbally where it could be manipulated.For those starting the trip read this tome to help with the dark times.

  • Ana Lourdes Barrera
    2019-06-06 07:45

    It's ok....butIt's a good story, however you are able to see how it ends...the struggle is real, so are the feelings, but it is very self a indulgent. Anyway, it will help families that go through drug addiction.

  • Sandra Burns
    2019-06-04 09:43

    Powerful readThis book explains the addiction problem. How it affects not only the addict, but everyone around the addict. Also, helpful ideas on how to help the addicted.

  • laura
    2019-05-16 11:02

    What a journeyI choose 5 stars for this book because it gripped me from the very start I couldn't put it down Recommended

  • Shelley Samansky
    2019-05-21 09:53

    EducationalThis book was very educational for me. At times it was a little slow and a very choppy read. But overall a hood book.

  • Cynthia
    2019-06-03 12:45

    Christine Lewry’s debut, Thin Wire, is a private, emotional roller-coaster story from hell. A story ever parent fears and a story no one wants to happen to them, their children, family members or friends.Thin Wire is written from two points of view: that of Christine’s and Amber’s. Their lives are exposed for the world to view: a life full of raw emotions and feelings.As a young single mother, Christine, did what others had done and are still doing today: working outside the home to take care of a child.As time goes by and the child, Amber, began to act out, her actions were taken as a “naughty child,” not a child screaming for help.Once Christine married and had other children, Amber started to feel left out. Because of Amber’s attitude and behavior, Christine was content to let her go her own way. Perhaps even thinking that she could do nothing about the situation and if Amber really needed her, she would let Christine know. All the while neither realizing what was missing from the mother/daughter relationship: communication.The fight for Amber to overcome her addiction to heroin was a powerful battle. Powerful in fact that Christine would do almost anything to help her daughter get clean and to gain back her health. Powerful in the fact that the drug had its hooks into Amber so strong she could not get free by herself.Even though the battle against heroin was raging around them, life had to go on with everyday happenings: other family members needs and wants and work.To feel normal is nearly impossible when one is dealing with dishonesty, distrust, and theft on a daily basis. Yet these are what families deal with everyday, in the name of unconditional love, when they have a loved who is an addict, whether it be drugs or alcohol or both.The addict, who does the lying, cheating, stealing, etc., also deals with the issues that they know these things are wrong, yet, they have an extremely hard time trying to remove the hooks; trying to break free.Thin Wire exposes the reader to both sides (the addict and those who are helping them overcome addiction) and because of this, anyone and everyone will benefit from this book.This book would make an excellent tool for drug and alcohol counselors and for drug and alcohol educational classes. And a copy of this book should be in every school, every library, and every drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the world.About the Author (taken from the Amazon web page)Christine Lewry lives in Hampshire with her husband and two youngest children. She worked in the defence industry as a finance director for twenty years before leaving to write full-time. Thin Wire is her first book.

  • Debumere
    2019-05-19 08:55

    I hate to give books like this a rating because I'm human and feel guilty sometimes but sometimesI forgot I was reading a factual story. Obviously the publisher likes to have detail and all the rest but it was too detailed. I'm not sure how Amber remembered so much half the time. To be honest, if you met the two of them face to face to hear their story I think it would be shocking, the book was just too detailed for me to separate it from fiction. Terrible story of course, huge respect for Christine. Huge.

  • Tracylee Dee
    2019-06-12 07:58

    Thin Wire....... I am not sure if the novel was supposed to be prophetic, helpful it just a recount of addiction spiraling out of control. Honestly, not having any dealings directly with recreational drugs and abuse, I wasn't sure what I was going to be in store for. I'm positive it wasn't what I have just read. I won't say that this glorified drug addiction but I think it missed the mark on a few key points. Keeping in mind that I haven't been exposed to the lifestyle or repercussions of a loved one being addicted. I found this to be a very poorly written, selfish narrative. It is difficult to actually bridge the content to anything believable. The details are too sharp and well defined. There's a difference in culture with this being told from a British perspective, that does not translate well to American audiences. As a mother, I was appalled by the narcissistic behavior of the mother. I can understand wanting to believe in your child, giving the benefit of the doubt. But there's a disconnect. And it's huge. While I am not, but any means, a perfect parent... I do possess common sense and good judgment. Something this woman was lacking. We see it all too often, mistakes made. Teenage or unwanted pregnancy and the discarded child left broken by a choice they never made. Only to find "true love " or a happily ever after with another man, another chance at family. This is exactly what's depicted in Thin Wire. Lessons, if Christine had been invested from the beginning, beer daughter might have had a chance. As it stands, there really was no other course for this broken child. As a "journey " I found it amazing that this young girl didn't end up dead. Thankful that is the case. But, for me, it really painted the mother in an extremely poor light. I truly hope that they have learned and grown. I also found it distasteful the depiction of Tony. Shedding more unfortunate light onto this adult. Christine is weak. Her character not strong enough to stand up for the daughter left behind to her partner? And we are, as the audience, supposed to feel badly for her? How about rehab? How about not buying your kid a car, an apartment? Instead if throwing money at it, hoping it will disappear, invest time. I'm frustrated and disgusted.

  • Nicky
    2019-05-26 15:07

    First I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read this book through the First Reads Giveaway.I always find books like this interesting to read as they give me an insight into something that I have absolutely no way of fully understanding, having never experienced anything like it myself. However, this means that it is difficult to review as this is not a book that has been created to please the reader but rather a record of history, an outlet for the writer. In saying this I do feel that the book was well written and was engaging. The switch so that we could understand both sides was different and I appreciated it as I was able to understand the thinking from both sides. Christine's voice alone could have had the danger of being too preachy or frustrated and we may have lost sympathy for Amber. Amber's voice kept that sympathy although of course the frustration was still there, as it was meant to be. It was a difficult read at times although I found the book difficult to put down because, although you knew that the story ended well for Amber from the start you never knew how that journey would be laid out and what price would be paid along the way. At times it felt like a constant cirle that was never going to end but this is not a bad thing as it was obviously how it felt for those involved at the time.I don't wish to go into specifics too much because there isn't too much to say. The book is not meant to be a romp that pulls you along for the ride. It is supposed to frustrate you and shock you because it isn't characters that are at the mercy of their creator but real people. The book is a re-telling of a life changing experience and in this way it works admirably. There was a danger of feeling alienated. I was not sure what to expect going into the book but I am glad that I have read it and encourage anyone who is interested in the topic to read it too. For a difficult topic it is suprisingly enthralling and I commend the author on being able to do this.

  • Melanie Adkins
    2019-06-03 09:09

    At seventeen Christine gave birth to Amber. It was tough and overwhelming to be so young and have a child to care for. Christine made up her mind to make a good life for Amber and herself. Things are going well until Amber begins to get a little wild. Trouble at school became a regular thing. Christine deals with it all but her bond with her daughter isn't quite as strong as she'd like. Life moves on as Christine marries and has two more children. Amber's troubles become even more intense as she begins doing drugs. It's at this time Christine finds out she has cancer and that her daughter is addicted to Heroin. Christine's instincts kick in and she begins to help Amber, as much as she can, to get clean. Amber's addiction is bad but eventually it will get even worse. Neither realizes the problems ahead. Amber's addiction tests her mother's love, patience,marriage and sanity. In this true life story, you'll find out the lengths to which a mother will go to keep her child safe. I was amazed at the tenacity Christine has. I felt she and Amber were honest with their thoughts and feelings about what happened during this time. This is a story of growth, love and testing the limits. This book is one where you'll go back and forth at times. Sometimes on Christine's side and sometimes wondering how she can continue on the path she's chosen. The same with Amber. There will be times you want to help and hold her, others where you'll want to shake her senseless. This is one all parents should read but especially those whose children have chosen the path of drugs. I did find one issue. I didn't feel it really showed how much of a strain on the family it was. How Christine was pulled in two directions. I gave this one 5 out of 5 books because it is honest and direct.~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~

  • Tara cope
    2019-05-20 12:42

    Very well wtittenWorth a read a fantastic insight into a family's suffering on a whole from both perspectives. Would like to hear more about Amber and hope she is still well.

  • Nichole
    2019-05-22 06:55

    This book wasn't what I expected . I thought a lot of the story was missing I couldn't feel anything while reading Christine's thoughts , feelings , anger and frustrations about Amber and her addiction, I didn't get the heart felt feelings I have felt in other similar ( addiction) books Ive read. Much of the book did not go in depth . It was almost like reading a recipe and finding out while you are eating, that something is missing but you don't know what. Yes, at least Christine thought she was helping Amber which is more than most parents do but she was actually enabling her by drinking alcohol with her and Christine knew that Amber did cocaine and smoked pot. She also gave her money, she knew she stole from her but forgave her. She paid for her to go on a vacation and bought her own place to live. Christine should of demanded that Amber go into a detox , counseling and NA , she had no knowledge what so ever on how to help. I do give her credit though, she did try.The book made it seem like she helped Amber get off the heroin , in the real world Amber would have probably died.The dumb thing with the pill implant in her stomach was insane and Amber wasn't given a drug test before the implantAmber used her mother, the 18 year old boyfriend , Ian, Leanne and so many people for drugs. She got away with it because they let her. I would not recommend this book at all.

  • Debbie Blevins
    2019-06-01 14:58

    Thin Wire provides an interesting insight into the struggles and reality faced by heroin addicts and their families and they struggle to overcome this addiction. Overall, the writing style was very engaging; My heart was wrenched every time Amber relapsed or when Christine struggled with how to balance helping her daughter through her addiction even when all seemed lost and she was being pressured by her husband to give up on her. However, the author struggled with transitioning between one set of events or days and another. Where most authors would start a new chapter or put some sort of visual marker that a new day (or even week or month) is beginning, Lewry chose to just keep on writing, which at times caused confusion until I was halfway down the page an realized that this new set of events did not occur immediately after what transpired in the previous paragraph. I also felt that things started to get a little rushed or perhaps experiences were left out towards the end, but that may have been cause by how the events actually happened rather than by a fault of the author.

  • Athena Brady
    2019-05-22 06:45

    This book is an honest and raw account of addiction and how it affects both the addict and others around them. It discusses the real issues behind addiction and details both the highs and lows on the journey. What makes this book special? It is written by the main characters, the mother and her daughter. Therefore, it gives an in depth picture from contrasting points of view. Anyone out there struggling with these issues will find this book both practically helpful as it discusses various treatment routes; and give them the feeling they are not alone. If you like to explore the darker side of life, you will find this book does not disappoint. I found I could not put this book down until I had finished it. What a great way to use your negative experiences and replace them with a force for good. I cried when Amber’s friends died. After all, addicts are just people like us who have lost their way. Well done Christine & Amber.

  • Tina Britt
    2019-06-02 08:40

    This book is an honest and raw account of addiction and how it affects both the addict and others around them. It discusses the real issues behind addiction and details both the highs and lows on the journey. What makes this book special? It is written by the main characters, the mother and her daughter. Therefore, it gives an in depth picture from contrasting points of view. Anyone out there struggling with these issues will find this book both practically helpful as it discusses various treatment routes; and give them the feeling they are not alone. If you like to explore the darker side of life, you will find this book does not disappoint. I found I could not put this book down until I had finished it. What a great way to use your negative experiences and replace them with a force for good. I cried when Amber’s friends died. After all, addicts are just people like us who have lost their way. Well done Christine & Amber.

  • Cherish Marie
    2019-06-07 09:49

    For mature audiences only; very gritty details. And now that I got the disclaimer out of the way...this was a very frank insightful look into a young woman's struggle to not only literally save her life, but more importantly, to acquire the desire to try. Given that this struggle was a real-life account, I cannot rightfully judge the content of this memoir. But I personally found the consistent relapses, like clock-work in every chapter, quite frustrating and almost predictable after a time. But maybe that's the point, the way the author is intending to convey her message. In any case, I was hooked. I loved the two perspectives of mother and daughter, a well-balanced dichotomy and a down-right heart-breaker at times. I felt that I had whole-heartedly delved inside the souls of both the narrators, and thus, this memoir served it's intended purpose through plain terms.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-12 06:41

    Ok...really 3.5 stars because I forged right on through and was sucked into the book. 3 stars because there is something missing. The stroy was gripping and I couldn't put my Kindle down. There were so many twists and unexpected turns that I kept reading late into the night. HOWEVER, the reality of the story seems to be well glossed-over. The horrific nature of heroine addiction didn't come across. The story seems to be told from a detached perspective even though it is from the first person words of the author and her addict daughter. I didn't get that down and dirty feeling that other first person stories about heroine addiction convey. The book is a good overview of heroine addiction as told by the addict's mother and the addict. But I think that maybe the intimacy of writing the story together - mother and daughter - was too much for both women to actually get down to it.

  • Kelly L. Hunt
    2019-06-15 11:00

    Frustrating readI read this book because I work with addicts on a daily basis but have never been an addict myself. I was hoping to gain some insight from the addict's point of view. I don't know if it's a cultural difference (since it is placed in England) or what, but I was continually frustrated by how these people dealt with (or rather did not deal with) Amber's addiction. You can't just take a pill and think the problem is addressed. It's not until the epilogue you learn Amber eventually did get into therapy. Her mother was incredibly enabling and naive as well. It seemed like the book glossed over the pain and destruction an addict brings to the people who love them. I managed to finish the book, but just barely.