Friday, November 1, 2013
How well do we know anyone who enters our home, from the cable guy to our caretakers. Only recently in New York the unthinkable happened with a babysitters and the two innocent children she was watching. Enter Ruth, in her declining years, the mother of two sons, busy with their own lives, taking care of her nominally, as though her aging mind was an inconvenience rather than an invasion here to stay until the end. Their father had simply dropped dead, neatly and efficiently leaving no loose ends and they miss their mother's unraveling of hers. A caretaker comes and like the insidious sand that slowly overtakes her home, envelopes Ruth's life and slowly creates a reality exclusive to them. Scary, scary, scary! Motives are revealed; did I guess them, yes! Did it matter, no! This book was a horrifying picture of neglect and abuse.
Carole P. Roman