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  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFE286A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rosen is a bestselling author, who writes fiction for children and adults.

She was born in Cornwall and grew up on Restronguet Creek. She studied Experimental Psychology at St Catherine's College, Oxford, before moving back to the West Country. She now lives on the south coast of Devon with two imaginary cats, fantasising about getting a real one.

In 2011 Rosen was an aspiring author. Writing was a hobby. The following January sales of her books on Kindle took off, and by October she has sold 27,000 copies and her total download count exceeds 220,000. She now has three books in print: Pompomberry House, Seesaw and The Troll Trap, as well as many digital titles.

Rosen writes in a variety of genres with a strong leaning towards comedy. She has also dabbled with psychological fiction and mystery writing.

She loves wild swimming, mountain biking, interesting boots, quiffs, 'sampling' chocolate and cooking tasty treats. She dislikes house spiders, doing laundry and people putting costumes on their cats.

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This is the story of Emma, a young woman of 30-ish, who suffers from bi-polar disorder but who manages it with medication. She is set up with a date by her flatmate and the two of them don't get on. The evening (or early next morning) ends with a brutal but mutual sex act which results in her pregnancy. To save the baby from harm, Emma has to give up her lithium which keeps the disorder at bay. Emma and Simon get together again in an off and on way and I really found I wanted to know what happened.

To me, the clever part of this story is that it is a first person narration by Emma and we see her bipolar disorder begin to creep up on her. Because she is telling us about it, we can see her rationale for her over-excited, hysterical behaviour, all the reasoning behind her fear and despair. We know where things are heading before she does. If this were described in the third person we'd only see the results, not the reasoning. This aspect is extremely well done. I also found some of the writing very funny - even in desperate situations, Rosen Trevithick can pull a funny out and I found myself highlighting a phrase or two that made me giggle.

There's an exciting and ultimately satisfying ending to this story. Very enjoyable.
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This is an extremely well written sinister tale that stayed with me after I finished reading it and had me pondering in the middle of the night, wondering whether it "really could happen like that". It is a very quick read, with the story moving on at a very good pace and by the time the main events unfold the author puts you right inside the head of Emma, a new mother, and you are with her every step of the way, sharing her fears, anguish and paranoia over who she can and cannot trust. It is extremely hard to review without giving any of the story away, but I think any mother will certainly identify with Emma, as it does evoke memories of those early days of motherhood and the strong feelings of protectiveness towards your child that wash over you, especially when its your first born. The only thing I will say about the plot that isn't in the product description is that Emma suffers from a mental health problem, which is handled very sensitively and in the tale, giving the reader a really good, realistic glimpse into how it must feel during episodes of illness and having to try and cope with daily life at the same time.

There is one graphic scene of rather rough sex in the book, which had me open mouthed at one point, and I didn't think much surprised me anymore but I think it was because I wasn't expecting it from this particular author, having read quite a bit of her work already - although I do still have a couple of her books in my TBR pile. It definitely isn't Pompomberry House - it is a a lot darker and much more sinister read.

Highly recommended.

Bought on amazon.co.uk
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I really must have words with Ms Trevithick about this - I keep starting her stories, with the intention of reading a few pages before I must do something else, such as sleeping, eating or work, and then finding I can't put the damn story down.

This is another page turner from Rosen. The characterization is spot on, the pace is perfect and she is the mistress of suspense. I honestly didn't know what was going to happen until I reached it's conclusion. I really liked the insight into Emma's mental illness and the way the other characters deal with this. There is a sex scene, which I thought was done with verve and humour, and the consequences of which create the sinister twist that drives the story on.

A gripping tale that is well worth a download.
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Took a third of the book to start connecting the dots so to speak. Unique story line, but the composition was as bipolar as the lead character.
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By Joo on December 20, 2012
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This was an interesting tale, but not quite what I was expecting. I was vaguely aware of the premise of the book before reading it, but what I thought the book was about doesn't really come into it for quite some time. Also this was a shorter story than I expected (even though it does say it's a novella at approx 33k words that I hadn't spotted, oops). The book was also a bit more adult themed in parts than I was expecting too.

As to the story itself, it deals with matters that are recurrent in Rosen Trevithick's stories, namely mental health. As usual, you get a better understanding about it.

This is certainly a decent read with comedic moments along the way
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Working for Shelter and living with a friend are about the only things that Emma lives for. Her personal life is riddled with mood swings, caused by her bi-polar disability. When a late night rendezvous with a man she despises results in pregnancy, Emma has a lot more to consider than just getting through the day.

Emma's personality really shines and matures throughout the novel as she accepts the responsibility of her pregnancy. Formerly a strong advocate for a woman's right to choose, Emma can't possible punish the baby growing in her womb for a poor choice she made. While some men would refuse to acknowledge an unplanned pregnancy, Simon accepts full responsibility and even finds a house for Emma and his child.

Emma is an unfortunate victim of our modern mental health guidelines. Being a bit too emotional, she's labelled bi-polar and put on medication. Because of the risks of lithium to the unborn child, Emma is weaned off the medication but wonders how she'll survive. At one point, overcome with fatigue and the desire to assemble cribs for the baby, Emma breaks down into tears. She accuses herself of being unfit to care for her child, but her emotional roller coaster is simply a hormonal rush due to the pregnancy, something that any halfway decent doctor should know. Emma is far stronger than she believes.

After the baby is born, Emma forces Simon to compete in a marathon is Antarctica. Miserable without him, though, she's anxious for his return. Suddenly the demands of an infant are overwhelming, and Emma loses faith in herself. She falls into her previous state of mind and requires assistance from others.

After a sudden crisis, though, Emma snaps out of her pathetic self and is determined to solve her own problems. With concentration and determination, not medication, she is able to focus.

This novel is well written and fast paced. It's enjoyable and hard to put down!
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