Sunday, March 16, 2014

ARC review: Safe with Me by Amy Hatvany

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

A novel about two mothers and one daughter who are linked by tragedy and bound by secrets, from the acclaimed author of Heart Like Mine. Now, in the provocative Safe with Me, Amy Hatvany explores controversial and timely issues with astonishing emotional complexity.

The screech of tires brought Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. Even a year after she signed the papers to donate her daughter’s organs, Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell family, whose child, Maddie, survived only because hers had died. Mesmerized by this fragile connection to her own daughter and afraid to reveal who she actually is, Hannah develops a surprising friendship with Maddie’s mother, Olivia.

The Bells, however, have problems of their own. Once on the verge of leaving her wealthy but abusive husband, Olivia now finds herself bound to him as never before in the wake of the successful transplant that saved their fifteen-year-old daughter’s life. Meanwhile Maddie, tired of the limits her poor health puts upon her and fearful of her father’s increasing rage, regularly escapes into the one place where she can be anyone she wants: the Internet. But when she is finally healthy enough to return to school, the real world proves to be just as complicated as the isolated bubble she had been so eager to escape.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Atria publishers for the opportunity to review this novel. ***
This insomniac's opinion:
I've read quite a few Amy Hatvany novels and find her novels to be consistently well-written and emotionally driven. I always find myself moved by the character-driven novels and this one was no exception.
I connected well with both families in this novel and, although I felt that most of the novel was unrealistic and a bit too dramatic(a la Lifetime movie) for my taste, I was really engrossed in the novel and satisfied by the ending.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Definitely, if chick-lit is your thing- this is a good read.
3 stars

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