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Not a fan of weak female characters
22 May 2019
The book started off interesting - Diane has come home after a stint in hospital and she can't remember why she was there. It's obvious something traumatic has happened that has caused her amnesia. About a third into the book I began to realise just how repetitive it was. Diane constantly making cups of tea, taking pills to sleep, pills for pain, cooking dinner in the nick of time for her husband's arrival home and her drinking a secret stash of wine every night. She is very clumpsy, forgetful, disorganised and basically all over the place. No wonder no one takes her seriously. She is the weakest character I have come across, constantly in fear of her husband and wanting to please him. Its wasn't the emotional abuse or silent treatment, its her reaction to him. And it drove me crazy the amount of times he was checking on her that she was okay or that she looked tired. If only the author made her a bit stronger I would have felt some more respect for her. There are a few turning points in this story but I wouldn't call them twists and there was a point I was wondering who to trust. I just found the characters unrealistic especially the daughter. What 3 year old is so well behaved, goes to sleep in the day (and so quickly) and doesn't have any fun at all? Diane seems to care for her daughter but only just. Little kids are lively, noisy and cheeky - and this one was just too convenient. The book keeps you interested as you want to know what happened. I was confused by the ending but I guess it is an interesting twist. One big criticism I have and this is not a spoiler, but if you have been through what she went through and left a treatment facility, there would definitely have been some follow up or counselling, not just go home and you should be fixed.