Shunned:Outcasts in the Land by Cynthia Hearne Darling

This book really kept my interest throughout the whole thing. This is a book about suicide and depression. Carrie and Amos have a son who commits suicide. They learn that while he was in college he became depressed and ended up on prescription antidepressants. While trying to cope with his death they do research and find out that many of these antidepressants are possibly causing people to do things that they would never have done before. Carrie needs to research why this is happening and Amos starts to talk about whether there really is a hell. He is a preacher. This story makes you think and wonder what might happen to you or someone you love. I hope to never go through something like this. I received this book from Smith publicity for a fair and honest opinion.  

Shunned: Outcasts in the Land

by Cynthia Hearne Darling


Surviving in an Over-Medicated Society:



            Over the past two decades, the use of anti-depressants in the United States has skyrocketed. one in ten Americans are now on various forms of anti-depressant medication; among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure is one in four and growing, while men are averaging at every two out of ten. Experts have offered numerous reasons, with depression the most common, and economic struggles only adding to stress and anxiety. But do we truly need all of these prescriptions or is over-diagnosis a real danger in our culture?

            In Shunned: Outcasts in the Land, author Cynthia Hearne Darling takes a closer look at the anti-depressant industry and the dangers of an over-medicated society. Exploring what today’s politically correct society deems worthy of ‘shunning,’ Darling takes mystery, murder and one of the most charged topics in medicine to weave a fast-paced thriller that resonates with readers on the deepest levels.

            The story follows Amos, a small town minister in New England, who is horrified when his wife Carrie is jailed for vandalism against Jett Pharmaceuticals in retaliation for their son’s death from a drug overdose. Amos copes in his own way by speaking prophetically on Hell and punishment through preaching and conducting public meetings. The public reaction is fierce and unforgiving, with the couple being shunned by their community. After Carrie is released from jail, she forms a group, including the skeptical CEO of Jett, to expose harms caused by antidepressants. 

In this nail-biting, stark look at society’s dependency on pharmaceuticals, Darling addresses:

What we really know about the anti-depressant industry and how it will affect society in the long-run

What today’s society deems worthy of ‘shunning,’ what shunning entails and how it impacts the lives of the main characters

The existence of the fight of good versus evil and how it is fought in everyday life

How being ‘different’ in modern society can both isolate and band groups of people together


Cynthia Darling has a BA in English from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, a master’s degree in social work and another in public administration. She worked for the U.S. Department of Justice for many years, as well as mental institutions, Indian reservations and the government. She received several poetry awards for her poem Mississippi Mother from her book of poetry, Forty-Nine Poems. She has authored Apache Courage: Trumpets Around the Camp and Georgetown Journeys, a love story.


For more information about Cynthia Darling and Shunned: Outcasts in the Land, please visit www. or her Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.


Shunned: Outcasts in the Land is available at for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and CreateSpace.



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