Monday, February 9, 2015
Sometimes it's just black and white.
Great story about love and the many ways people love each other. Ellen is a single hypnotherapist dating a guy she met online. Patrick Scott is a widower and the father of a young son. He seems perfect, and Ellen approaches the budding relationship with cautious optimism. She has been burned and soon finds that Patrick has a potential secret that may crush their growing relationship.
This was a terrific book. Liane Moriarty knows how to spin a great yarn. She explores all facets of love and passion, the fresh excitement of a new relationship, the weary knowledge that it's over, the obsessive need to still be part of someone's life after the break up. While there was potential for seeing the crazed ex girlfriend as a villain, there were no bad guys here. The author treats her characters with sensitive realism, and rather than contempt, you feel the pain of their loss. As her character Patrick says, "there is no black and white." Essentially, this is a book about the human condition and our need to be valued and loved. Whether it's parent to child, husband to wife, friend to friend, the desire to be loved gives fuel to a beating heart and can drive even the most sane person into a fine madness.
Carole P. Roman