In Shattered: Memoirs of an Amnesiac, A.E. Hayes opened a window for her readers to see into some of the darkest parts of her life. From her experiences with a traumatic brain injury and amnesia to the realities of living with dissociative identity disorder, Hayes never shrank from the truth.
But that's not the whole story.
While writing Shattered, Hayes was struck by the notion that she was often the villain in her own story. From that idea, Villain was born.
But what is a villain, really? The concept of Good and Evil has fascinated Hayes for a long time, and Villain provides a space for her to explore that idea, as well as to share some of the stories and episodes from her life that did not fit into the narrative of Shattered. But this book goes farther than that. Villain also gives voice to several of the alters that were created by traumas in Hayes's past. From an account of a car wreck, to a gut-wrenching story of love gone wrong, an exciting tale of hijinks at a casino, and more, the alters' stories are sometimes harrowing, sometimes tragic, and sometimes hilarious. But they're always authentic.
Villain is not a direct sequel to Shattered, but rather a companion piece. Whether or not you've read Shattered, Villain will make you question your notions of good and evil, hero and villain.