Book Review: A Justified Bitch by H.G. McKinnis~ 5 Stars

Title: A Justified Bitch

Author: H.G. McKinnis


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It takes a guilty bastard to make a justified bitch.

When a severed finger shows up on her doorstep in a seedy section of Las Vegas, Helen Taylor does not freak out. Sheโ€™s already crazy, as evidenced by her junk-stuffed house and its ever-growing population of cats. Thereโ€™s also Bobby, her long-dead husband. Helen talks to him regularly, and Bobby talks back.

The finger and the brutal murder it reveals are more than a hoarding cat lady with a phantom husband can ignore. Helenโ€™s a suspect, and she ends up in jail. Summoned by the detective on the case, Helenโ€™s sister Pat arrives from Phoenix with two teen-age boys in tow.

While Helen is AWOL from a mental facility, another gruesome murder is discovered. Pat, the boys, and the detective struggle to separate fact from insanity, but it takes power beyond the ordinary to bring the truth to light.

I give this book 5 out of 5 Cuckoo Stars! I just LOVED this book! This was definitely an unconventional type of read. This story was just fun and made me feel better about my insanity. That’s right here goes the part where Dani brings her crazy filled life into the story!

I have battled a very severe and rare mental illness since the age of 7 that has been an ongoing struggle since then. I am thankfully on a stable dose of medication and am able to function properly as possible but that was not always the case.

My illness mostly manifested because of continuous severe traumas I faced for three years as a young child. Like the main character, I lost touch of reality and used different methods to escape and deal with my pain and suffering. These unhealthy “coping” skills continued into adulthood and will stay with me lifelong.

I was given every medication regimen in the book and damaged my liver by young adulthood by medicines doctors have given me. I was put through crazy clinical trials because of having this rare mental illness. I was strapped down to beds for up to 14 hours at a time. I have a messed up disc in my back from caretakers taking me down to “protect” me. I have received electric shock therapy. I grew up in the system, group homes, residential treatment facilities and mental hospitals. By the age of 18, I have been placed in a faciliy of some sort 50 something times.

My point to explaining all of this is that I could relate to everything the main character was going through. I knew what it was like to lose touch of reality because the present was too painful to face and the author did a great job of describing the symtoms of how everything feels and works. This book was well written and the descriptions were amazing.

Most of the time a book like this may be a trigger for me but not with how the author portrayed Helen. Helen was crazy and it made you laugh.

She also was loveable and you could understand why she was the way she was even though she is a suspect. All the other characters were fantastic as well! I loved Jordan and Helen’s two friends that work at the Salon! The way the facility and the medication adjustments were described were a great portrayal of the battle people with psychosis face. Helen’s stay and escape from the treatment facility was realistic. Many might be like “this shit doesn’t happen”, they must have never been institutionalized with a severe mental illness.

This book made me laugh and also was very suspenseful. At one moment your laughing at Helen, the next you are having the hairs on the back of your neck stick up because of the intensity of this case. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us next!๐Ÿ˜„ I highly recommend this book and it is definitely Dani-approved! I hope I was able to explain my review well and hope everyone has a fantastic day!!! Much love to you all!โค๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–

I grew up in Las Vegas where attending grade school meant hanging out with the children of scientists, cocktail waitresses and dealers. As children we all went to the strip to see shows in the hotels, eat in the restaurants and eye the tourists. Even at a very young age I knew our city was special. After graduating from UNLV, I worked for a number of years as a nude dresser in various production shows on the strip. Nude dancers aren’t actually naked. They may dance without bras, but make up for the privilege by loading themselves down with many pounds of feathers, rhinestones and sequins.

After the last big feather show closed, I started retraining as an Audio Visual Technician. Learning about the new electronic equipment we use to enhance the convention meeting experience fascinates me. Las Vegas is an unconventional town, and it provides me with endless opportunities and excitement.

55 Comments on “Book Review: A Justified Bitch by H.G. McKinnis~ 5 Stars

  1. It never fails to amaze me how much courage you have. And seriously don’t even think of saying that’s not true (yes I know you woman lol ๐Ÿ˜‚), because it is. To incorporate such an incredibly personal story into your review and sharing it with all of us takes some serious guts. And I also want to state one thing for the record here: Sweet Dani, you are not crazy. The things you have been going through all of your life, would make most people give up at one point. You haven’t: you keep fighting the good fight. You keep bringing happyness and so much fun to all of your readers and all the blogs that you are following, that I am simply put in complete awe in how you manage to do this.
    This review was another great example of that. I loved the way you wrote this, and it immediately wants me to pick this book up right now and start reading it. And….of course it has already been added to my you know what list ๐Ÿ˜Š This was a terrific review from a beautiful and shining woman that is otherwise known as Dani ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ Never lose faith in yourself, because you are awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜

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    • Thanks so much Michel!!!!๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„ You are such a supportive friend and love our talks and your support!๐Ÿ˜„ I felt super embarassed as always sharing this but feel its the best way to describe my emotions and it also helps me get it out. So many years I kept quiet about my life and it’s good to be okay with who and what I was and laugh at it now. Thanks so much for your love and support Michel! You are a great friend, that I am lucky to have!!!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’–

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      • Seriously Dani, there is absolutely nothing to be embarassed about: at all. I keep saying it, and I will keep repeating it every day if I have to (lol), but seriously now: you are without a doubt one of the strongest people I have ever met. You went through more things and hardships in your life than some people will ever experience. And just look at you now: you have wonderful kids, you write beautiful and heartwarming reviews, that also manage to really inspire people (and of course with your Dani approved humor, you also make people laugh). In short: you should be very proud of yourself. I’m glad to read that one thing you just wrote here: It’s good to be okay with who and what I was ๐Ÿ˜Š And that is so true. You are a wonderful human being hon, never ever forget that. Thanks for everything and our continuing friendship. I’m more than glad to have such a great friend as well ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. It’s interesting how you describe growing up in ‘the system’. When I was an EMT, we used the same expression for people caught up in that merry-go-round of supposed ‘care’. You did well to survive it, and come out the other side with a family, and enough character to enable you to be so positive about life, and books.
    Full marks to you. I may not read the book, but I give YOU five big stars! ๐Ÿ™‚ x
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    • Thanks so much Pete!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜— That really means so much to me! My family was actually told by a psychiatrist that I would be committed the rest of my life and wouldn’t be able to survive adulthood on my own. I proved them asshats wrong! It was ridiculous looking back at the things they put us through. My new therapist and other doctors look at my medical records and are like “holy shit, you were on doses enough for 3 grown men!” I didn’t realize that my experiences were so out of the norm until recently. But all of us kids called it the system as well. We did everything we could to get out of the system but it was always impossible it felt like. People wanted to keep us locked up so the state would pay for their bills and they could charge assloads for shoveling pills and I ended up with cirrhosis at a young age. Ugh. Sorry ranting but anyways thanks so much for your lovely comment Pete! You made me feel so much better about posting this yet again!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜—๐Ÿ“š

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  4. Hi Dani, fantastic review! Once again my heart is breaking reading all that you went through. I really do hope the future will be brighter because if someone deserves some joy and happiness it’s you. โค

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    • Awww Sophie!!! Your kind words really touched my heart!๐Ÿ˜ Things may be a bit rocky but I am blessed. I have 3 healthy and happy children and that’s what counts!๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much and hopefully I will see brighter days but what doesn’t kill us makes a stronger!!!๐Ÿ˜Š I am a tough cookie and I got this! Thanks again for your sweetness! You really are an incredible person and I hope your New Year’s is full of joy and love!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒบ


  5. Dani, When you do a review like this and bring in your own experiences it not only makes me want to read the book, but it makes me wish of somehow being able to undo your past. All I can keep saying is how remarkable you are! Seriously. The majority of people would not have survived what was done to you. You are a rare treasure. Never forget that!๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿค—

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    • Aww Kim!!!!๐Ÿ˜ Your kind words really touched my heart!๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– I am always scared of opening up about my crazy past and life but it feels good to get it out and to have all this positive feedback.๐Ÿ˜˜ You really are incredible Kim!๐Ÿ˜ For so long as a child and an adult I wanted to change my past until I went and spoke to the girls in a facility I stayed at and shared with them that there was hope. I volunteered to speak and share my experiences because it was a home for sexually abused girls and when I went there I experienced some bad things so was trying to share with them that there was hope in all the darkness and whatnot. I got attached to some of the girls and helped mentor them and I told them I knew how it felt to wish every day that my past was different or that I was able to have a childhood and get a clean start but then one of the girls said to me “You wouldn’t be the person you are if you didn’t gain strength from all that you have been through and your pain turned you into someone who loves so much so why change it?” When that teenager said that to me I started crying and realized that no matter what happened to me I wouldn’t have been the strong person I am and I wouldn’t be the unique individual who can share love and many stories if I didn’t live through what I lived through. Don’t get me wrong there are moments when the flashbacks and night terrors are bad that I just wish I could erase it all but in the end it helped sculp me whether I like it or not. It’s not who I am but it helped give me the drive to push through so many things and love everyone and forgive all. I don’t know if I’m making sense or just rambling like I do sometimes. Lol but anyways Thanks again Book Sister for your kind words. I treasure you so much! I hope you are able to rest and know you are LOVED!๐Ÿ˜

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  6. I am sorry to hear all the terrible things that you have been through, Dani. It’s never easy to talk about it and I worship your ability to share them all with us. Wonderful review as well. Always able to explain why they were such great reads. Being able to connect to characters and being able to see how authentic they are is definitely a huge + for any reader. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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