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Journey Mass Market Paperback – October 23, 2001
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Madeleine and Jack Hunter are one of Washington's glittering couples. Jack is the head of a TV network, while Maddy is an award-winning anchorwoman. All around, people regard them as a golden couple: he advising the president on media issues, she at the top of the tree in her profession. Needless to say, the relationship we are shown behind the closed doors of their lavish Georgetown home is far more troubled than the public could ever know. As Maddy enjoys more and more career success, Jack's resentment and desire for control grow daily, and her life becomes hell in this fracturing marriage. Steel manages, as always, to convey character in concise paragraphs:
The diamond studs and her eight-carat engagement ring were her prize possessions. Not bad for a kid from a trailer park in Chattanooga, she often admitted to him, and he called her "poor white trash" when he wanted to really tease her. It was obvious that he thought calling her that was funny...When Maddy joins the president's wife in the latter's newly formed commission on violence against women, the grim stories she hears from other terrified wives start her on a journey which will help her break the cycle of fear she is living through. Steel makes this situation resonate with a strong emotional impact, and the dark marriage is painted with the kind of skill we have come to expect from her. When Bill Alexander, a high-flying scholar and diplomat, enters the narrative and realizes what is happening in Maddy's marriage, the story is taken to a powerful new level, with their growing affection treated intelligently and sympathetically. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Ms. Steel did a fantastic job of writing about abuse, and not just physical abuse but emotional abuse, or invisible abuse, because it is harder for everyone to see. I must say this book opened my eyes to the subject. Overall journey is a good book. I found parts to be repetitous. I guess that could be chalked up to the fact that during Maddy's journey she keeps thinking about incidents from the past. I just found some of these parts to be (and I hate to say this) a little boring.
I think every woman should read this book. It gets the messge of emotional and verbal abuse across very well. Towards the end the book is very good and reminds me of Ms. Steel's early work.
The story, specifically, Jack's character, will be more credible if Steel can give a less abrupt course of development of Jack's abusive behavior. For example, some subtle put-downs from Jack could be hinted or implied sporadically in the first half of the story, so the readers can be more prepared for Jack's ugly side to show up later.
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I wish her books didn't have to end, I love the way she makes you feel as you read and become an outsider watching her character s livePublished 2 months ago by Susan C
The issues that face victims of abuse are horrifying. This book makes you realize the different forms of abuse and that nobody is immune to being in an abusive relationship.Published 5 months ago by KT
Great book as always from Danielle Steel, got into the characters and story from page 1 and was hooked until the last page.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer