Published by Blackstone Publishing on January 30th 2018
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Nora Brown is a married High School English teacher with a six year old daughter. One day after class she sees a young girl’s luminous face floating above a desk. She is alarmed and scared as most people would be. Questions go through her mind: Is she crazy? Is this from stress? Is this even real? She attempts to continue with her life and then, while away with her husband and daughter, she sees the face again but this time the girl tells her to “Remember the Valentine’s Dress”. Now she is really alarmed and decides to see medial advice and and eventually meets with a therapist/psychiatrist.
As the story unfolds, it is obvious that Nora is an unhappy woman. Her husband is distant and working long hours. She suspects he is lying but is reluctant to question him directly his true whereabouts. She is worried about a student in her class and her therapy sessions are bringing up a lot of issues for her.
This is a quiet book with BIG issues at play. This book touches on infidelity, secrets, sexual molestation, death, mental illness and suicide. This book will not be for everyone as it touches on some really heavy issues. Having said that, I really enjoyed this book. It is a view into one woman’s inner turmoil and downward spiral that occurs when her past no longer wants to remain buried. Having to face her traumatic childhood, while watching her marriage fall apart, pushes this woman over the edge.
This is a short novel which packs a punch. I enjoyed the characters of Nora, David and Margaret. This book is really character driven – more so a character study of one woman’s’ life as everything unravels at once. This is a well written dark book. It was definitely hard to put down. I put this on my currently reading list the end of July but I actually read the entire book today in one sitting. I had to keep reading to learn how this story would unfold.
I received an ARC of this book from Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.