- File Size: 758 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (October 4, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FNVABDW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My Name Is is nothing like Silent Scream, except for its ability to snare me in. This novel is a masterful character study (my favorite kind of book along with thrillers) of 2 young women who become close friends. Kit has recently escaped her life as a prostitute; Fran is a lawyer. These two sound pretty different, right? Yes, but they also have two common denominators: neither one of them has ever experienced love from anyone, including parents; and both are desperately trying to kick their addiction to alcohol.
I was captivated by these women from the start, though I didn’t begin to love them until I learned more about why they acted and felt the way they did. Kit and Fran, on the surface, remind me of some people in my life, and it makes me wonder what is really behind their exterior façades? Why do I find myself not caring for them? What are their stories? It’s tragic to realize that the lack of love in childhood can transform people into miserable unlikeables and can push them into drug and alcohol addiction. What a sad concept to contemplate. The story of Kit and Fran also demonstrates that a human being really only needs one close friend to make life much more bearable, and in some instances, much happier.
The plot is powerfully character-driven. From the first chapter onwards, the pull to keep reading was intense. Kit and Fran share the point of view in alternating fashion. This is one of my favorite story-telling techniques. Ms. Marsons starts off in the present, then goes back and feeds us information bit by bit regarding how the characters got to that point. She then takes both forward, separately and together, to a satisfying, but not truly “Hollywood-style” ending (a good thing).
There is not much I didn’t care for in the book. There are a couple of instances where I wished something had been played out rather than told to me. I also thought the ending was just a tad rushed. These issues were not enough, however, to make me budge from a 5 star rating.
Overall, I found My Name Is to be an outstanding debut novel from the brilliant Angela Marsons. I cannot wait to read her other nonthriller, The Middle Child, and of course, her 3rd Kim Stone book, Lost Girls, which should be coming out in November 2015. If you have not read any of Ms. Marsons’ novels, you are really missing out, and I urge you to give her a try. Now.
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