Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children's lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.When Alice's daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.Freedom, however, isn't as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can't quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to alcohol.
I received a preview copy of this novel directly from the author.
It is a very interesting story. The protagonist Alice begins as a happy go lucky woman, however a series of events start to affect her confidence and give her anxiety. The author details Alice's decline realistically, I started to empathise with Alice and wanted her to get help. I have read a few novels which 'tackle alcoholism but none as gritty as this, the author truly highlighted the dark reality of addiction.
When you read the news you hear about people disappearing, and this novel makes you understand why some people just walk away from seemingly happy lives. Alice just couldn't take it anymore, like many women she was trying to be a 'super woman' but everything was grinding her down until she snapped.
There are lots of interesting characters in this book, however my favourite was Sally who seemed like a strong woman and empathetic to others. Even though she had her own troubles, she found strength to help Alice. It would have been good, to hear more about Sally.
Overall, I found it a very good book - it's dramatic, very detailed and easy to read!
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