Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyer


From the bestselling author of The Comfort of Lies, an engrossing look at the darker side of a marriage—and at how an ordinary family responds to an extraordinary crisis.

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids—which works to keep a fragile peace—until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Atria books for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***

This insomniac's opinion:

You can always count on Randy Susan Meyer to give a no-holds barred emotional accounting of whatever situation her current novel is about. This is no exception.

This novel addressed the tender topic of spousal anger and emotional neglect and how that can change a family forever.

I vacillated between feeling badly for Maddy, the protagonist in this novel, and just wishing she would take a stand in the way she likely coaches her clients to(she is a social worker in the novel). She was a likeable and honest character and I understood her from the beginning.

Rating: 4 stars. Solid writing and a good read if you like an emotional and female-driven novel.


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