Accidents of Marriage

  • by Randy Susan Meyers
  • Narrated by Susan Bennett
  • 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he's lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids - which works to keep a fragile peace - until the rainy day when they're together in the car and Ben's volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.

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What the Critics Say

"Beautifully written, poignant and thought-provoking, this novel refuses to succumb to stereotypical reader expectations, making it even more memorable." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Many books are an absolute pleasure to read, but slip straight from your mind. Accidents of Marriage is one of those rare novels that is both unputdownable and unforgettable. I just loved it, and I'll now read everything Randy Susan Meyers writes." (Liane Moriarty, NYT Bestselling author of The Husband's Secret)

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Depressing and Eye Opening- Hit Too Close To Home

When I first started reading Meyers' 'Accidents of Marriage' I was overwhelmed with the similarities between my marriage and that of the main character. The husband Ben is a very self centered jerk who really couldn't care less about his wife Maddy, who took care of their family while he was out often 'on business.' He threw tantrums and she never knew what would set him off.

One day he is in a very bad mood and they get into a car together. It's raining, and he has an accident and Maddy is left in the ICU with a brain injury. While her three children wait, terrified their mother will die, Ben is worried that people will discover the truth- which was that the accident was his fault and caused from his anger.

The book goes from one narrator to the next, and uses the person's point of view. It reminded me a little of Gone Girl in the beginning, and a Jodi Picoult book in the middle and end.

This book, albeit very depressing, was a real eye opener for me. The writing is just so raw and honest and it's touching. I sucked me in and I listened to it in two nights. The narrator does a wonderful job with all of the characters as well.

4 solid stars
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Love Is Not Always Enough

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.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2014
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC