Wallowing in Self Pity

Against Her Will by Peter Martin is a novel that moves in straight line narration. Coaches and mentors encourage aspiring writers to show, not tell, their stories. This novel could be an illustration of what happens when an author tells. In the first chapter, a mysterious, near homeless man rapes Donna. She had left her office job to go to an engagement dinner with her fiancé, Blake. She then wakes up in a hospital where she sees Blake and her parents. From this point up to the 50% point of the novel, Donna does nothing but blame everyone else for their inability to appreciate her agony as she attempts to get her life back on track.