Accidents of Marriage explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the destruction left in the wake of spouse’s verbal fury. Ben never meant to hurt Maddy. He never imagined his recklessness would lead to tragedy.
The psychological impact Meyers brings to the surface in this book is affecting and provoking. A realistic heartbreaking portrait is drawn as the reader observes a family at risk, taking a swift plunge into the unimaginable and ALL are floundering, damaged in the aftermath of what should NOT have been.
Well developed characterization along with the thoughts and psychological aspects are explored and showcased masterfully.
Allowing the family to be exposed and to have their thoughts and voice heard is the heart of the narrative. Each individual is a hostage, victim, survivor of the abusive behavior of the parent. Ben – when all was said and done, I’m uncertain of my feelings towards him. I’m sensing he has failed to grasp the seriousness of HIS issue. I never felt his true desire to correct all his wrongs, the ending validated my thoughts of him. His reaction after the accident was weak, the man should be seeking help, help for himself and for his family.
Maddy – I wish she took a tougher stance with Ben from the moment the writing was on the wall. She just seemed too overwhelmed and too sensitive towards Ben, she made excuses and used denial as her method of coping. Her actions cause you to ask yourself what would you do if you were Maddy? This is a question easily answered when you’re NOT in Maddy’s exact position. I have a long trail of working with abused women, and the narrative was eerily familiar. No doubt this is a mirror reflecting many stories retold repeatedly.
A compelling, harsh, and provoking story bringing a sensitive and avoided issue to the forefront in a chillingly realistic manner. I applaud Meyers for her moxie and bold authorship on this topic as its momentum of destruction causes devastation and damage to those in its path.
Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Atria Books
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