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A Depressing Disappointment!
26 July 2018
I bought this book because I have a personal interest in post natal trauma and I thought this novel might help me, better understand what happens when a woman breaks down, after giving birth. However I was deeply disappointed. This book does not give a very accurate picture of the problem and in fact it takes some time before the topic is even raised.
We first meet our central character Katie a decade after she has suffered her post natal breakdown and we are only fed snatches of her back story in a very higgledly piggledy fashion, throughout the course of the novel. In fact this book feels more like a sequel, than a complete novel. The author constantly eludes to characters and events that have gone before, without clearly informing the reader. The whole narrative is very jumbled and irritating and I became bored. I also didn’t like the characters. None of them are likeable and I just couldn’t empathise with any of them. The fellow called Jake was particularly unpleasant , a debauched drunken looser and the last person I would want my pre teen daughter having anything to do with and yet the author presents him as a suitable caregiver!!! The authors flippant depiction of heavy drinking also eroded my sympathy for the characters involved. Our protagonist Katie, has a mental illness and an alcoholic mother and yet the author seems to think it’s okay for this woman to binge drink to such excess that she vomits all over the bathroom and her boyfriend’s truck. The character turns from a bit sad to downright disgusting.
But then just when she’s hit rock bottom the author throws in a cheesey Barbara Cartland moment! Hunky handsome hero scoops up our damsel in distress and whisks her off to a new life in the sunset! Cliched chick lit!
I cannot recommend this novel. It is not pleasant enough to read for pleasure and anyone suffering from a mental illness should definitely steer clear, it as It presents some very unsavoury scenarios.
I was not impressed!