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There was a family of five, Dan and Maddy with three children, Caleb, Emma and Gracie. Dan was a person who would become volatile without warning. Maddy was the peace keeper, trying to be calm and trying at the same time to assert hersef for the sake of the children.
Maddy was a social worker and Dan was the head of the public defender's office. Their home life was a challenge for Maddy. She never knew what kind of mood Dan would be in when he arrived home from work.
Most mornings Maddy took charge of the children, getting the two older ones to school and dropping Gracie off at the babysitter. However, Maddy asked Dan if he could take charge of the kid's this morning because she needed to see a client before going to work. Dan protested loudly that he didn't have the time. Maddy always took care of the children and she should have been better prepared. No, he absolutely would not be able to do what she asked. Maddy relented and asked if he could at least get Gracie to the babysitter. Dan continued to yell at Maddy, to the point of verbally abusing her, which was all too common. Maddy worked around his anger and calmed him down. Dan conceded.
Maddy was returning to the office and was stopped by the police. She handed him the registration and it was found to be expired. The policeman gave Maddy no leniency and had her car towed. She could pick up her car after the registration had been renewed.
Maddy was now faced with a problem but she took a chance and called Dan. She explained the situation and Dan, being his usual self, became verbally abusive but said, yes. He picked Maddy up angry and misjudging an SUV's attempt to move over became enraged. Dan continued to drive erratically in his Camaro in a fit of road rage and the inevitable happened, an accident. Dan was okay but Maddy was in a coma.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It was filled with action and edge of the seat tension. The narrator was excellent. Susan Bennett was superb with the many voices. I would definitely suggest the book to a friend and to anyone reading this review. The depth of this book speaks volumes where verbal abuse becomes intolerable. Maddy exhibited such courage that I would have to say that she was my favorite character. The book was a learning experience for me. Another great listen.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
The father is anger driven, the mom - well she's in a coma for half the book so we really don't know who she was prior to her accident.
BUT-the kids! I simply can't believe how they were written. Totally bratty children with no boundaries put on them..apparently they never had boundaries. The parents shouldn't have been allowed to have kids! The grand parents are also miserable-a Catholic/Jewish family whose kids don't understand life at all.
Whayts the point of this novel?
I don't understand the reason for this book-it wasn't entertaining, the children were always wretched and snotty..WHY?
I didn't get much from this book, though I did listen to it all-but I'm returning it. Yuck!
Don't bother unless you enjoy being frustrated with a made up family of selfish people.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful