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.
Couldn't put this book down. Loved it. Great story with message that makes you think what you would do in that situation.
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!