I've read a few Shreve novels, the first being The Pilot's wife, which was wonderful. I read a couple of others they were just "okay", but this is definitely a good one. It's pretty hard to read in places, it is about domestic abuse, but it also makes you ask yourself some tough questions - at least it did me. There are so many layers to life and to the choices we make - AND to the consequences of those choices. This is a very well written novel. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I was there, I was THERE. In the end, my heart ached mostly for Emily. For the unanswered question in her life, for everything she had been through. Interesting that she was such a small character, but was the one that left me with the most thoughts.
Great read, different because each chapter is from a different character's point of view. I had to check to see that it was a fiction book because it read as a reporter gathering facts about the case.
Another dynamite book by Anita Shreve, it's the story of a couple who appear from the outside to have a stable marriage when the exact opposite is actually true. The woman escapes with her daughter to a small town in Maine and tries to have a fresh start, but her husband continues to pursue her. Excellent book - I highly recommend it.
Anita Shreve has such a beautiful way with the language, and this is another of her splendid novels, again telling the truth about people and relationships. It is moving and thought-provoking, and brings alive both the characters and the small town in Maine in which they find themselves. Or lose themselves. Sad, and compassionate, and moving.
I highly recommend this book! It is very insightful and moving! A must-read!