Uncle: The Dark Family Secret by Crickette Gill was an eye-opening account of what it is like living with someone who is a paranoid schizophrenic as well as an alcoholic. Crickette spent her childhood fearing that she might be the next target of her schizophrenic uncle's rage. This story is her memory of the traumatic experience her uncle put her through on the last night he ever spent in the same house as her. I have known people who have schizophrenia, but I never knew what they could put their family through. Crickette shows just a sliver of what she experienced living with her uncle in Uncle: The Dark Family Secret.
Uncle: The Dark Family Secret
Crickette Gill, author
"Uncle" is a gripping account of Crickette's childhood growing up with an alcoholic paranoid schizophrenic manifesting in the bedroom next door. Estranged from her parents and sent to live with her grandparents as a child, Crickette grew up in constant fear of the illness that was slowly tightening its grip on her reality. In her first novelette, "Uncle", Crickette weaves a series of traumatic encounters with schizophrenia as seen through the eyes of a child growing into a resourceful, resilient yet traumatized adult. It all comes to a head in this enticing personal memoir one fateful holiday weekend; an honest, unadulterated look behind the curtain of schizophrenia. It is a tale of survival.