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Monsoon Season [Kindle Edition]

Katie O'Rourke
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Riley refuses to call herself a battered woman - she doesn't fit the profile.

When her boyfriend Ben hits her, she doesn't know what to call it. She does know to pack her things and run to the one place that feels safe - home.

Riley discovers she's pregnant and her emotions become tangled. She can't shake the fact that she's still in love with Ben...

A horrific accident then turns Riley's world even more upside down, forcing her to accept help from those around her. Before she can begin to heal, she must learn the difference between being independent and being alone.

A gripping emotional drama, perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780336934
  • Publisher: Canvas (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070TREUS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katie O'Rourke was born and raised in New England, growing up along the seacoast of New Hampshire. She went to college in Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in gender and sexuality. She lives in Tucson, Arizona where she writes, loves and is happy.

Monsoon Season, her debut novel, was a bestselling e-book. Her second novel, A Long Thaw was released in 2014.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsoon Season 23 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is spellbinding, a gem: it examines the secret undercurrents in family dynamics, things left unsaid, mistaken interpretations, two close marriages contrasting with a violent relationship. The characters' voices were so clear in my mind's ear that I might have been in the next room as I read, overhearing their conversations. And there's a beautifully observed dog in Gracie. What a terrific storyteller this author is! I'm already looking forward to whatever she comes up with next.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monsoon Season 13 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. I did expect to enjoy it, but I also expected it to have a little less real substance.

It was an easy read. The chapters were split up between different characters which gave you different sides of the story. The voices seemed pretty authentic to me, and I found I really felt like I was having a conversation most of the time. The only real problem was that I found I liked all the characters, sometimes against my better judgement, except where they didn't get their own voice. Maybe this just shows how well written the voices were but it does also suggest a lack of variety.

Sometimes I did find Riley to be a bit of an idiot. She made some rather shaking decisions. But I liked her and wanted everything to work out ok. I just wished she would take someone's advice once in a while.

I didn't like the synopsis given by the publisher. It suggested the story had less depth than it really does and is certainly less compelling than the one from goodreads. I can see it appealing to a wider audience, but it is a bit spoilerish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new look at a perennial subject 6 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Monsoon Season by Katie O'Rourke is a bit hard to pin down - on one hand it seems as though it might be chick lit, on the other it might be a psychological thriller about an abused woman. In a way it has elements of both; there are no jump-out-of-your-seat parts, but we do see a little of the mind of abuser and victim and then we also see a woman who is leaning on her female friends and family for support in her time of need.

Riley Thomas has left her Massachusetts home and moved to Tucson, Arizona with no real purpose in mind other than broaden her horizons. She meets Ben and they begin a relationship, moving in with one another and seemingly being very happy. This is not to be though as Ben hits Riley and we first see her on a bus heading back to her childhood home.

As the story continues, it gets even more complicated for Riley and just as she is beginning to make some progress and admit that she made the right decision, an horrific accident affects her whole family.

I suppose the part I liked best about the book was that it was written not merely from Riley's point of view, but from the points of view of her friends and family - even down to several sections written from Ben's perspective which, initially made him seem quite sympathetic - his father had also been an abuser, but it's cleverly done as we sympathise with Ben's voice as he justifies his actions towards Riley - something which is never justifiable and an angle we wouldn't get to see if we only saw what Riley sees.

Riley herself is, at times a little frustrating, as she tries to get over Ben but nearly goes back to him on several occasions, but having never been in her position, who am I to judge how hard it must be to leave someone you love, even if they are violent towards you?

For a first novel, this is pretty good and, although by no means new material, it's written in an interesting way and I'd very much recommend it.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary fiction with emotional punch. 6 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading the first chapter immediately put me in mind of the likes of Margaret Atwood and Alice Sebold. This is literary fiction with real emotional strength. Moments of seemingly quiet devastation rise up to suddenly punch you in the gut - the scene where Riley's father thinks she has something on her face which turns out to be a freckle says more about a strained relationship in a couple of lines than I've seen entire novels take five chapters to do. Yet, in spite of the immediate tragedy in the novel's opening chapter, Katie O'Rourke manages to inject subtle moments of humour that give her protagonist both credibility and above all, humanity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, thought-provoking read 6 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The first part of Monsoon Season is told from Riley and Ben's perspective but then continues the story from the viewpoints of those around them too. I found it interesting to see how an abusive relationship affects the friends and family of the couple, especially Ben's mother, Teresa. I would have liked to have seen more of Teresa as she had been in Riley's position herself. How would Ben turning out like his father affect their relationship in the long run?

I liked how Monsoon Season began with Riley leaving Ben, dealing with the aftermath of an abused partner deciding enough is enough. For Riley, leaving was hard but staying away is proving to be just as difficult as feelings can't be switched off overnight.

The style of writing was very easy going, despite the subject matter, and the pages slipped by without me noticing so I was very surprised when, after just two days, I was already 75% of the way through and I finished it the following day. I found Monsoon Season to be an interesting and thought-provoking read, showing an abusive relationship from all angles and the effect it can have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So life goes on
The author reveals each characters flaws and insecurities with convincing narrative. Would have liked a more final ending but overall a good read.
Published 7 months ago by Mcdaddy119
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful literary fiction
Ouch. One has to wonder what is wrong with readers in the UK. My favorite part of the book was the different points of view - 9 of them. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
good story from start to finish
Published 14 months ago by dee jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I wasn't expecting much, but got a lot more for a 99p first novel. The characters were well drawn by gradually revealing them in chapters written in their own voice. Read more
Published 18 months ago by TriciaN
3.0 out of 5 stars A holiday read
Simple narrative but lacked real depth, lots of intriguing characters and relationships but only briefly explored. Pick up put down read.
Published 22 months ago by Salli84
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
Very emotional story of a young woman's struggle to let go of her troubled an violent ex. Felt the end trailed off slightly but still enjoyed it nonetheless.
Published 23 months ago by Ms. S. L. Dowsett
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
I didn't feel that the story flowed very well but overall it was an enjoyable read for the commute - ok
Published 23 months ago by J.So
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable
Not quite what I thought it was going to be about. From the title I imagined a more exotic background. I would be temped to read another one by this author.
Published 23 months ago by Dorie Clifton
4.0 out of 5 stars Monsoon Season.
This book was not what I was expecting but it was a change and I enjoyed reading it. Nice to have a change.
Published 23 months ago by SheilaB
2.0 out of 5 stars disapointing
A good idea but I found the story disappointing and predictable; Characters didn’t have much depth. Would recommend only at reduced price not worth buying at full price
Published 23 months ago by Rachel Newbery
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