A Cry in the Dark | Critical Book Review

Unraveling the Threads of Resilience

In “A Cry in the Dark,” Terence Ang lays bare the harrowing journey of his life’s undoing and the Herculean effort it took to reassemble the fragments. This indie memoir, set against the backdrop of a traumatic stroke, emerges as a stark testament to human tenacity.


An Unexpected Turn

Imagine a man sitting alone on a park bench, silently observing children at play. When one child extends an invitation, he declines, citing his advanced age. However, the child’s curiosity lingers, and a request for a story ensues.

Terence Ang’s world takes a seismic shift on an ordinary day when he collapses in the bathroom. Rushed to the hospital, he grapples with days lost in a hazy abyss. As he gradually regains consciousness, the grim reality unfurls before him, a reality he could never have fathomed. Terence, once a connoisseur of elegance and aesthetics, now faces a stark void where beauty once thrived.

The diagnosis: a hemorrhagic stroke wreaking havoc on the left hemisphere of his brain, rendering the right side of his body powerless. He’s deemed fortunate to be alive, but he doesn’t share that sentiment. His speech devolves into unintelligibility, and his right arm and leg lie dormant. The self-reliant, articulate Terence he once embodied has vanished. To navigate this daunting new existence, he must embark on a journey of self-reconstruction.


A Glimpse into the Abyss

“A Cry in the Dark” unfolds as an illustrated memoir, presented through the lens of stories shared with a child. Terence recounts his ordeal with stark simplicity, focusing on the raw gamut of emotions—pain, fear, denial, and rage—that burst forth from every page. The narrative is unflinchingly confronting, underscoring the stark contrast between the capable and determined Terence of yesteryears and the disempowered soul he’s become in a mere moment.


From Desolation to Resurgence

While the memoir initially wallows in pain, fear, and disorientation, it swiftly transcends these depths. Terence’s indomitable spirit, though momentarily dampened, never wanes. As his journey toward recovery commences, he pushes his mental and physical boundaries to the brink, leveraging every resource available in the hospital. The story’s evolution is nothing short of heartwarming, as Terence forges a new normal and rediscovers joy in once-overlooked details. The author’s accompanying illustrations reflect this transformation, transitioning from frantic darkness to serene tranquility as the narrative progresses.


An Emotional Rollercoaster

“A Cry in the Dark” is an emotional whirlwind within the confines of a memoir. Despite its brevity, it manages to encapsulate a wealth of experiences that leaves readers in awe. This is a book of utmost significance for those who have witnessed their lives spiral out of control, unsure of how to reset the course.

In this tale of resilience and rediscovery, Terence Ang has crafted a poignant testament to the enduring human spirit. “A Cry in the Dark” is not just a memoir; it is a triumphant roar in the face of adversity, an unflinching portrayal of life’s fragility, and a testament to the power of unwavering determination.

Modern Book Details:

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewNonfiction / Memoir / Health148 pages978-9811844003

Unraveling the Threads of Resilience In “A Cry in the Dark,” Terence Ang lays bare the harrowing journey of his life’s undoing and the Herculean effort it took to reassemble the fragments. This indie memoir, set against the backdrop of a traumatic stroke, emerges as a stark testament to human tenacity. An Unexpected Turn Imagine…