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This review is from: Another Night, Another Day (Kindle Edition)
This poignant novel, set in Brighton, is about three strangers who are facing the most horrendous challenges in their lives and are failing miserably. Brought together at the Moreland’s Clinic, they are each seeking help and are on the very verge of mental breakdown. There’s Abby. Her marriage has failed, the house is due to be sold from under her feet, and she faces the challenge of single parenthood to her seven-year-old son who has autism and needs constant care. Then there’s Michael, a family man, but his florist business had failed. Everything must go, even the car. Unable to verbalise the strain he is going through, he returns home one night and smashes the garden shed to smithereens. Lastly there’s Karen, living alone with two small children, She misses her husband who died two years ago. When her father has a stroke she flips, she can no longer be the strong one, she can’t stop crying, she feels guilty about things she should have done and should not have done all the time.
They are receiving psychiatric counselling at the Clinic, at last talking through their problems and receiving the professional help they so urgently need, talking confidentially, unburdening themselves and at last beginning to heal. They build up friendships and learn about each other in ‘group meetings’. They are becoming stronger, they laugh together, support and console one another and are beginning to look forward to their new lives. But what will happen as they become more independent? Will they sink or swim?
This is a fantastic read. The mental health issues of each patient at the clinic are well described, as is their therapy. The characterisation is wonderful, the writing full of empathy and understanding. It’s a deep, interesting and thought-provoking read. I loved it.