Blame is another gripping psychological drama by Australian author Nicole Trope; intense, shattering, emotional and heartbreaking, I couldn’t imagine how difficult Anna’s life would be. The book is set over two days with the back story set into the minute by minute investigation in a police station. A traumatic experience, relived and drawn out by two women whose lives had shattered around them. I finished this book in two sittings, it immediately drew me in. There are some exceptionally difficult subjects handled within this book; motherhood, mental illness, infertility, alcoholism, loss and marriage under the strain of these topics. The author handles these subjects with extreme empathy, thoughtfulness and insight.
Maya was severely autistic; Anna’s days were filled with a routine she tried to keep to but when something set Maya off, there was no controlling her – hours of screaming, kicking, biting – Anna wondered if their lives would be this way forever.
Anna met Caro when both Maya and Caro’s daughter Lex were twelve months old. The quiet desperation which it seemed only Caro noticed meant the caring and attention Caro displayed set her apart from every other criticising parent in the doctor’s waiting room. Anna and Caro were best friends from that day forward.
Ten years later and Maya and Lex were both eleven years old. Caro had stopped bringing Lex with her when she visited Anna and Maya – the time Maya had viciously attacked Lex meant she now left her with husband Geoff. But she still visited Anna – Caro was a supportive and caring friend yet when tragedy struck, bringing both families to their knees, that strong friendship was broken.
As both Caro and Anna spent hour after torturous hour in the police station – in different rooms; with different detectives – they tried to explain what had happened. But were they telling the truth? What were the secrets that had been hidden deeply; secrets the ex-friends hadn’t known about each other? And who was to blame?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, all of the characters were believable and easy to empathise with. I would definitely recommend as a quick read unless you are likely to be triggered by any of the topics listed above.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1213 KB
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1760293156
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin (22 June 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DCWNIFG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)