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Mental Pause Paperback – March 7, 2013
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Who would ever think of combining menopause and murder? Your answer to that question probably depends on whether you have gone through menopause! Anne O' Connell does a great job of describing the physical and emotional turmoil that menopause causes. The fact that she manages to do this in a story that is both humorous and suspenseful makes this an enjoyable read. If you have already gone through "the change" you know that her descriptions of it are not all that exaggerated. If you haven't, this book may cause you to go out in search of some supplemental estrogen. Plagued by hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and anxiety, Abbie needs a break! What starts out as a lark with friends ends up with Abbie being charged with murder and the story keeps rolling along at a fast pace from there.
Hot flashes, night-time sweats, irascible mood-swings- sounds familiar to most of us peri-and post-menopausal women, doesn't it? We've all been there, done that. Anne O'Connell's main character, Abbie, in her debut novel "Mental Pause" is going through all this and more! Abbie's symptoms are extreme, as her hot flashes feel like "red ants" crawling all over her body, leaving "tiny, scorching footprints." Her supportive husband and sons try their best to understand her, but are more often than not at the receiving end of Abbie's emotional ups and downs.
Abbie takes comfort in her female friends - her newly-divorced best friend Rachel, and a new friend, the "hottie" Joan. She wants to be free, liberated, but what actually happens is that she lands straight from the frying pan into the fire!
Read what happens to Abbie in "Mental Pause." I can guarantee you that it is a page-turner, as Abbie is thrown into a situation where there seems to be no hope of escape.
The book is more interesting in that it actually falls between genres- it is chick-lit and murder mystery combined, with a fair dash of courtroom drama. So there's something in it for both the boys and the gals! It'll certainly appeal to the older woman who can identify with Abbie's peri-menopausal symptoms, and the fast-paced action would appeal to the guys. Added to that, most guys could also do with some "education" about what happens to a woman going through the change - something they'd learn about in this book.
Fast-paced, suspenseful, funny- that sums up "Mental Pause." A definite must-read. Get your copy today! I downloaded mine from Amazon Kindle, and I finished it in one sitting! Need I say more?
Sometimes completely sobering then venturing into almost farcical situations, Abbie and her cohorts wander into situations and circumstances as they `go with' their curiosity and let their impulses take command of their adventures. Unfortunately, being the chief suspect in a murder trial doesn't soothe Abbie's frayed emotions or ally her symptoms, and everyone is wondering if she truly is insane.
Mixing humor, real life symptoms and extreme reactions, O'Connell manages to create Abbie into a character that speaks to many, stronger than she appears yet wholly fragile and driven by impulses that she doesn't always understand she is delightfully wacky and fun while still maintaining a sense of realness. The outrageous circumstances behind the murder charge, and the husband that is a cop and completely confused but trying to be supportive are well-played and keep the reader entertained even as we know that she is not the murderer. Friends also play a large part in this story: finally at the point where women are less about `competition' and more about support and real friendship - it was nice to see a portrayal of female relationships that didn't digress into mean-girl syndrome: where the bond and the support were more important to all of the friends.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
With a Thelma and Louise type of abandon (minus the abuse), the character is confused at whether she is being redefined or being smothered under the change. I can only hope to have the support she has because without it, this change in life can/will change a person's life itself forever. You can/will lose friends and family and even lose your sanity. So, it makes perfect sense that the book developed from a girl read to a murder mystery. Entertaining as high-speed all the time, this is a one-two sitter. That means you'll read it in one-two sittings.
It's educational to those whom have yet to experience menopause and it should be given to your husband so that he can understand that the craziness is to be expected.
The author does an incredibly detailed job of explaining and describing symptoms and emotions. While reading this, you will also experience this. Fact. You can't help it. The author plants things into your mind so that the depth of the symptoms are at least attainable. A glimpse of the unknown and a touch of the hem of the garment of the robe.
With Thelma and Louise I was able to connect deeply deeply deeply with the characters and unbelievably I did so with the same depth in this book with Abbie. The author writes very well and any formatting errors were few and far between. I did not find this distracting because I expect that with ANY book from anyone even J.R. Tolkien I mean come on we are all only human.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Abbie, the protagonist, felt like a friend. The author used the side effects of Abbie's premenopausal symptoms to evoke both humour and sympathy, and to drive the story forward. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Alison DeLory
Deftly-drawn and enticing characters kept me entertained throughout this quirky romp through one woman's menopausal misadventures. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by amslie
Love this book! Funny!
I have purchased it for myself and now purchase it for gifts. My friends have all loved it.
Enjoyed the story and could so relate! Fast read and many laughs among the suspense. Perfect book for the hot summer months ahead.Published on March 31, 2013 by Michele
Talk about having a mental breakdown, or pause!
Abbie has been experiencing hot flashes and night sweats, but not just normal... Read more
Just as Abbie flowed with life, so did my reading, with flow being the operative word. I simply couldn't stop it nor wanted to - a little like Abbie's adventure! Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Debbie Nicol
Abbie's boys are headed to college and she's feeling the empty nest syndrome kicking in. Trying to keep herself busy is complicated by the fact she's going through peri-menopause. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer- Kissablysweet1