- File Size: 900 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (February 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I77X49C
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been saving this book. It’s the only Angela Marsons book I had not read and it was my security blankie for when I needed that desperation Marsons fix. Well, I finally reached that point where I just had to have it, and I succumbed. Let me just say it was well worth waiting for.
Ms. Marsons’ is an up and rising all-star, all-world thriller writer. She is one of my top 2 most favorite authors ever (either tied for first, or just first, I can’t decide) and any thriller reader who has not found her has got to wake up. With that in mind, I have to tell you that this woman is also a standout psychological contemporary fiction writer. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I cannot believe she doesn’t have an advanced degree in psychology/psychiatry. Dear Mother is an enthralling tale of the psychological fallout of a physical abusive parent on her 3 daughters. Don’t be scared off by that. The abuse when referred to is not very graphic, and the bulk of the story takes place after the daughters have reached adulthood. All three women are adversely affected in different ways; furthermore, their relationships with each other have also been damaged. The novel is an intelligent and emotional rendering of how they each reach some level of peace with their demons.
The characters, especially sisters Catherine and Alex, are extremely well done. The counseling sessions between Catherine and her therapist are written with considerable depth and realism, and are to me a highlight of the novel. The dialogue is outstanding. It usually takes me 4-6 days to read a novel. This one took 2 days. This is reflective of how transfixed I was with the story. I developed a profound connection with these people and their issues.
As a sidelight, I want to mention that I liked how Ms. Marsons pulls in narrative from the past at the time it is relevant to the story as opposed to the more recent trend of alternating chapters between the present and years before. This technique preserves the flow of the story.
I was delighted when I saw that Ms. Marsons recently signed a contract with Bookouture to write 8 more novels in the brilliant Kim Stone series (currently there are 4 installments with #5 due to arrive in November 2016). On the other hand, this likely means that we will likely not be getting any more dedicated psychological portraits from her, at least not in the near future. Though this saddens me, at least we do have this book plus The Forgotten Woman. These books were written before she started the Kim Stone series and were self-published under different titles. They have just been re-released in a brilliant move by Bookouture to showcase her hidden talents. Now if they could just figure out how to clone her...
I strongly recommend both Dear Mother and The Forgotten Woman to anyone looking for an accomplished powerful read. Well done, Ms. Marsons.
The Middle Child is the story of 3 sisters who are dealing with the aftermath of a tragic childhood, the havoc its wreaking on their grown lives. I had many issues with this book. For one, the writing is incredibly amateur and cliche. They were zero surprises in this book, not that I always expect them. But it not only felt like the writer was treating her characters as if they were dumber than they should have been, but it was as if she expected that her readers were a bunch of idiots as well. There were moments that were obviously SUPPOSED to be big "Aha!" moments, but I felt nothing other than - "Duh".
The dialogue was clunky and unrealistic. Most of the characters were very unlikeable and one-dimensional. I never really fully understood them. The mother, for example, is basically a sadist and is horribly cruel to her daughters, but we never really understand why. I suppose sometimes you don't get it, that some people are just evil. But there was something about the way this woman was portrayed that seemed incredibly over the top and far-fetched. Instead of feeling for the girls in those flashbacks, I felt totally detached and unimpressed.
Speaking of the flashbacks, they were very poorly done, with almost no transition from past to present. It was quite confusing at times.
Catherine's husband was another oddly written character. At the beginning of the book, he seems fed up with Catherine and her coldness towards her own daughters - and rightly so! But the worse she gets, the more he seems like like her. It was just weird and unexplained.
The ending felt very trite and predictable. I would honestly not waste my time on this book.
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