An honest yet uplifting account of a woman's life affected (but not defined) by the suicide of her husband and the deadly paradox of modern-day masculinity. Punk rocker, bird nerd and book lover Rob Bell had a full, happy life. He had a loving wife, a big-bottomed dog named Daisy and a career as a respected science journalist. But beneath the carefully cultivated air of machoism and the need to help other people, he struggled with mental health and a drug addiction that began as a means to self-medicate his illness. In 2015, he ended his life in New Zealand on a winter's night. But what happened? How did a middle-class Catholic boy from the suburbs, who had an ocean of people who loved him, and a brain the size of a planet, end up dying alone by his own hand? How did it get to this point? In the search to find out about the man she loved, and how he arrived at that desperate, dark moment, Poorna Bell, former executive editor and global lifestyle head for HuffPost, went on a journey spanning New Zealand, India and England to discover more about him.Chase the Rainbow is an affecting, poetic, and deeply personal journey which teaches to seek hope and happiness, even in the most tragic of circumstances. Shattering the stigma surrounding depression and suicide, Poorna Bell challenges us talk about what we most fear, and to better understand the personal struggles of those closest to us.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - Well, didn't this book make me cry.
Poorna Bell has written something so tragically beautiful I just think everyone needs to pick this up. This book touches on subjects that some people may not want to read about or they don't know too much about. It talks about suicide and depression.
Poorna is a brave woman who shared this story with the world. I think it was a very brave and great thing to do. She writes about their ups and down, their love and how she was with someone battling these mental illnesses and how, in the end, it ended in heartbreak but, she doesn't want that to be the end. She wants to show people how to move on but, how she still keeps her husband in her heart.
We had some funny moments and some really heartbreaking moments. Poorna is a beautiful writer. She really knows how to grip the reader and tell her story. I urge people to read this as it gives an insight to depression and the power it holds over someone.
A moving story and about facing whats happened and how they dealt with it before and after the death. A tragic, beautiful, heartbreaking story that I think everyone should give a read as you won't be able to put it down. I hope it reaches many readers.