Saturday, January 5, 2013
Best Kept Secret
Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany is a book about Cadence, a young mother who is newly divorced and finds herself drinking far too much. Very quickly her life spirals out of control as loses herself(and her life) into the darkness of alcoholism. The reader follows Cadence on her journey to hitting rock-bottom and through the recovery that brings her back to herself.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I truly enjoyed the book and all of the characters. It felt believable and didn't sensationalize the disease of alcoholism or the treatment process. I devoured this book in one sitting and for a book that was predominately bleak, I was uplifted by the ending.
Favorite quote of the book - " Cancer is tangible. People feel compassion for you if you get cancer. Not so much if you're an alcoholic. And a mother who drinks? Forget it. Straight to hell. Big fat scarlet letter branded on our foreheads for life. Me and Hester Prynne? Same letter, different sins."