Again, I find myself breaking my resolve as concerns writing Kindle reviews (as so few people seem to look at them)...
I found the author here to excel at her construction of characters. Far from just making them believable, the text explores their deepest & innermost feelings to the extent that belief in them overwhelms.
The inevitable sadness underlying events & the deeply explored family dynamics were wholly insightful, insightful to the extent I found myself reflecting on the similarly parallel dynamics within my own family system... I have rarely found an author so eloquent as concerns this & the reader is quickly drawn into the book due to their quickly formulated familiarity with the characters.
The tale was believable at first, but perhaps threw me a little mid-point, as the main character invents a fictional outcome of events (this is difficult to explain fully without creating a spoiler).
This, perhaps, was a necessary foil in which the author sought to divide the difference between the imagined & actual story outcomes.
I found myself relieved when I finally realised that this segment of the book had been an intentional fiction created by the main character, as it had begun (slightly) to challenge my belief in the tale. The sense of realism that returned near the end of the book put the tale firmly back on track for me, however.
This, for me, was a free Kindle download, although I would encourage its purchase unreservedly should it develop a modest price-tag.
Gayle Curtis is (I believe) an exceptional writer, and I would be interested to find out what processes in her own life have led to her own ability to create such insightful character studies.
I will be looking out for more work by her.