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Exploring the Complexities of Domestic Violence and Mental Illness in Eleni Cay's "The Love Genes"


Domestic violence and the criminal justice system are complex issues that have been widely discussed and debated in recent years. The novel "The Love Genes" by Eleni Cay brings these issues to the forefront, raising important questions about the nature of mental illness, the effectiveness of prison as a means of rehabilitation, and the impact of domestic violence on victims and society as a whole.


According to statistics, domestic violence is a serious problem in many countries, with an estimated one in three women worldwide experiencing physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. In the United States alone, an average of 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. Furthermore, studies have shown that individuals with bipolar disorder are at a higher risk of committing domestic violence.

In the novel, the protagonist Katie starts dating someone called Erik, who turns out to be violent and dangerous. He has a history of mental illness and has been to prison for brutally beating up an ex-partner. The novel raises important questions about the nature of mental illness, and whether prison is an effective means of rehabilitating individuals with bipolar disorder.


Research has shown that individuals with bipolar disorder who have been incarcerated are at a higher risk of recidivism compared to other offenders. Studies have also shown that prison environments can exacerbate symptoms of mental illness, rather than improving them. In addition, studies have shown that treatment and rehabilitation programs that are specifically designed for individuals with mental illness are more effective than traditional prison sentences in reducing recidivism.


"The Love Genes", and indeed the empathy of main character Katie, inspired me to go and do my research on incarnation and bi-polar disorder. This is a thought-provoking and well-written novel that raises important questions about the nature of mental illness and the effectiveness of prison as a means of rehabilitation. The novel also highlights the seriousness of domestic violence and the need for society to take a more comprehensive and compassionate approach to addressing this issue. It is important to note that these are complex issues and that the novel does not have a definitive answer, but it does invite the reader to consider their own attitudes and beliefs about these issues.


This blog post is part of the blog tour for Eleni Cay's 'The Love Genes' which is available to purchase on Kindle here.


Blurb: "The Love Genes" by Eleni Cay is a thought-provoking novel set in 2039 Sweden that explores the complexities of love, relationships, and mental illness in a futuristic society. Through the eyes of protagonist Katie, the reader is transported to a world that is both familiar and strange, where technology has advanced but societal norms and attitudes towards mental illness are still a work in progress. As Katie struggles to adjust to her new life in Sweden and her relationship with her boyfriend Mark, the novel delves into darker themes such as domestic violence, raising important moral questions about the nature of mental illness and the effectiveness of prison as a means of rehabilitation. "The Love Genes" is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the nuances of relationships, mental illness, and societal norms.


The blog tour has been organised by Kenyon Author Services.


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