This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.
How close is too close?
Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.
But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.
It’s all too much. Something has to give.
Connie has woken up in a psychiatric hospital. They say she committed a terrible crime but she says she can’t remember a thing.
What I liked:
Right from the start, I was intrigued by this book. I simply HAD to know why Connie was in the psychiatric ward, and why no one was pleasant to her.
I love dual narratives, and that was done really well here. I really like seeing the lives and hearing the thoughts of all characters in the story. The back and forth between all these characters was a great addition to the book, especially the diary entries from Connie’s daughter.
What I didn’t like:
I wasn’t a fan of Connie at all. At times, I found her very brash and rude. Even when she was in such a pickle, and especially early in the book when she was in hospital I found it hard to have any sympathy for her. That said, I wasn’t a fan of the nurse who popped up in her room now and then.
I didn’t much like the writing. I’m not a huge fan of long run on sentences, and they often lose my attention when I’m reading. This book was unfortunately quite rife with them.
Out of five?:
Three and a half. I really enjoyed the story, and I loved the multiple narrative, but sometimes the writing did grate on me.