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While the explosive beginning and end did add drama, I couldn't understand the need for the resolution which the heroine chooses. However, to say more would spoil the plot for others.
The book focusses on a small cast of characters, giving the narrative a pleasing tightness. The portrayal of modern-day thirty somethings as they live, work and play is convincing.
Where I felt the book did not satisfy was in its language, which is thin and lack-lustre. While it could be argued that the unadorned, simplistic narrative style aided the book's pace and drama, I found that its lack of substance translated to the emotional content of the book. I found this similarly shallow, with a narrow range of expression (much eye-rolling, sighing and shrugging). Some of the dialogue was stilted and the use of italics for 'flash-back' episodes was a clumsy technique. This and the constant mis-use of 'jealous' for 'envious' and 'breathe' for 'breath' also irked after a time.
The subject matter of Life Discarded is serious and sadly relevant and the writer clearly has a firm grip on the anatomy and psychology of emotional abuse within marriage. However I felt that her literary style failed to do it justice.
Dena Haggerty’s Life Discarded dissects the deep seeded issues associated with emotional and mental abuse, and how it can unravel even the most innocent of people and cause them to do things they would never imagine. It also goes a step beyond and adds a layer of intrigue with its suspenseful subplot of a serial rapist on the loose that targets women that resemble our protagonist, Morgan.
Instantly gripping, Life Discarded is an intimate look at Morgan and her secretive husband, Daniel. The story also flashes a brief spotlight on the supporting cast, Ellie and Eric, the best friends of the main characters. While some of Daniel’s actions are far beyond the normal range of emotion and reactions to Morgan’s innocent inquiries and concerns, the reader quickly discovers that there is something not right about him. Nonetheless, this can be attributed to his unstable, somewhat maniacal psyche. With this in mind, one may suspend their level of disbelief and be mindful that many of Daniel’s actions are over the top because he is not a normal person.
The point of the story is to further add to this fact.
Morgan is the extreme opposite of the spectrum. Calm, docile, naïve, and blind to the reality of her husband’s actions. It takes her Ellie, Eric, and a co-worker to constantly take care of her and ultimately show her just how dire her situation is.
Despite the minute flaws of the story and its characters, the reader will find themselves sucked into their world.Read more ›
The very start of the book is quite dramatic, it then quickly switches back in time, I was waiting for the end of the book to link directly to the opening scenes, but it didn't quite do that. So I was left a bit unclear on the event that occurs early on and what next. Slightly disjointed from the main book. A small observation and criticism.
We then kick into the main plot of the book after this...
Morgan and Daniel are newlyweds, I had my spider senses tingling early in the book when Daniel states that Morgan is all his now after they are pronounced man and wife at the altar. I was thinking "uh-oh, this guy is possessive and creepy", I was right.
The books follows their marriage over years, and with each year more and more of the subtle and then obvious abuse is revealed, like many abused wives initially Morgan seems clueless that it is indeed abuse, ignoring gut feelings and warnings from friends (best friend Ellie) and concerned family members. She makes excuses for Daniel's jealousy, anger, controlling ways and verbal and emotional abusive outbursts.
Many think domestic abuse is physical, this book tackles the fact that there are other forms of abuse that are equally as damaging to the soul, psyche and core of a person. Verbal and emotional abuse is awful and leaves scars, changes the victim - as indeed it does Morgan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was interesting but upsetting since this women let her abuse go on too long. Not s huh re I liked the ending but it did solve her current problem. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Happy
I had never read this author, and I will certainly look for more of books from him/her. It was a quick read and kept my interest.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It kept me turning pages even though I knew the plot. Ending was a surprise though. Would definitely read more by this author.Published 4 months ago by moosemama78
I enjoyed reading this, never would have predicted the ending. BUT, several times through the book it seemed like a page or paragraphs were missing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by EM
LIFE DISCARDED literally started off with an explosion as Morgan discards her life-- then the book drops back to the beginning of Morgan and Daniel's relationship through their... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Judith McCall
I am an independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock. I received this book from them and it's author D.E. Haggarty. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shaunta Jackson
Taking this on for a review, I was intrigues but not sure if I would enjoy. Needless to say there are no regrets!! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Peggy
I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun contemporary romance, with more than a little touch of suspense. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Voracious Reader
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