But Inside I’m Screaming is one of those books you pick up in a library and think, I’ll have a go, whereas you might think again rather than buy it in a bookshop. It’s written by Elizabeth Flock, Published 2003. I was bit iffy about it at first because it’s obvious from a cursory look through the pages, that it is written in a unique style. There is a dialogue going on between the inner and the outer world of Isabel, a TV news presenter, who falls to pieces during a live TV announcement about Princess Diana’s fatal car crash.
It tells the story of the main character, whilst she is in a private Health Clinic for mentally ill patients, by means of short flashbacks and inner conversations with the important people and issues in her life. Interestingly, the style of the writing varies according to the inner journey that Isabel is making.
I suspect there are times in many people’s lives when the title could apply to them. My own term for this sort of inner turmoil has always been Silent Screaming. However, as well as a good story and a character I was drawn to, there were keen insights into the whole world of mental health. The book is set in America, but relevant to many parts of the world.
I would recommend this book to those of you who enjoy a slightly challenging read and can cope with a difficult subject.