Maddy is tired. The mother of three also works with abused women and tries to keep the peace at home. Her husband Ben is a public defender with a temper. Maddy never knows when something will set him off and she is constantly having to be on guard around him.
One day Maddy has to call Ben to pick her up. Ben is already upset and the rainy day isn’t making it any better. When Maddy and Ben get into an argument, his temper soars and they have a wreck that leaves Maddy in the hospital with a brain injury, fighting for her life.
Now Maddy and her family will have to learn how to live again, but can they?
I really did not like this novel.
The writing is well done and the characters are well developed and believable. Over all, the story is well researched and thought out, the explanations of Maddy’s diagnosis and all that she now has to go through. I have never had an easy time of understanding medical jargon and I was concerned that I would not be able to understand what was happening, but I was able understand it all. It was explained very well so that readers should have no trouble.
Personally, this was just not the book for me. The verbal abuse that Ben hurtled toward his various family members, and the fact that Maddy worked with abused women but was unable to see the abuse happening in her own home, was a major contender in why I wasn’t able to enjoy this book.
Other readers may enjoy this book very much, it is well written and the characters were well developed and realistic.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys difficult, realistic, contemporary fiction.
I won my copy of this novel from Goodreads Firstreads and I have permission from the publishers at Atria Books to use an image of the cover artwork above.
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