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This book purports to be about the revenge sought by a mother after the hit and run death of her 9 year old daughter Betty, but it read more like the memoir of the mother rather than a tale of retribution.
Laura goes back and forth in time telling of life pre and post accident; that being the defining moment in her life. She describes how she meets and falls in love with Betty’s father David, his subsequent defection for a younger woman Chloe and the moment in time that breaks both Laura and David – Betty’s death on a walk home from school with her best friend Willow.
After the accident Laura tries to get on with her life but a revelation from the police leads her to try and track down the man who killed her daughter and meet him. Up until this point in the book I found myself caught up in the story. I was about wrung out from reading because Ms. Doughty has a way with words that draws you into the world of Laura and David and you truly feel their emotions.
Then Laura cracks.
And she does something I could not understand. I could not understand why, I could not understand the character’s motivation, I could not understand Ms. Doughty’s motivation and from that point on the novel crashed for me. It was such a horrifying act I still find myself thinking about it and I do not thank Ms. Doughty for that.
I can certainly understand that the loss of a child can be a devastating event in a parent’s life but I find it hard to believe that a mother would react as Laura did. I mean, my stomach turned…
I can’t in all good conscious reveal such a major plot point but I won’t be reading any more books by Ms. Doughty which is a shame because until that scene I enjoyed her writing.
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