Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family, when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter…
What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat? Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions–one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia’s daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.
The story is told through the viewpoint of the therapist Cynthia as she begins to work with a new client and simultaneously coping with a personal tragedy-one that makes her relationship with her daughter significantly strained. Plus, seeing how the stories are intertwined? Always my favorite revelation.
My main complaint was with the dialogue. While the content seemed appropriate, some of the verbiage just seem inauthentic, forced. However, the story as a whole seemed extremely plausible and was a quick and easy read. I actually am currently planning to reread it because that ending threw me for a loop!
If you’re looking for a quick but surprisingly hard-hitting read, I definitely recommend picking this up. Also, this gorgeous cover will be gracing my coffee table for the foreseeable future! Thank you so much to FSB Associates and the author for providing my advance review copy. It’s my privilege to share my honest thoughts and opinions.