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More family melodrama for fans of Jodi Picout,
This review is from: Daniel Isn't Talking (Kindle Edition)
Melanie is an American living in London with her English husband Stephen, and their two young children. Melanie feels as though her life is falling apart at the seams. She isn't eating properly, she can't face doing anything, or going out, her life revolves around looking after the children. She is seeing a therapist, but she already knows what the problem is: her youngest child, Daniel. Stephen denies there is any problem, so Melanie must deal with the stress alone.
When finally, Daniel is diagnosed with autism and the mother of another autistic child recommends a play therapist called Andy o' Connor, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Andy is a miracle worker, and with Daniel's behaviour finally coming under control, Melanie can slowly get her life back on track, including a potential relationship with Andy - although it isn't so easy for Melanie to completely dismiss the father of her children, Stephen, however badly he has treated her and their family.
There's a lot of raw emotion in this story, which becomes quite harrowing, in places, but overall, it's a positive book which I'm sure many parents will identify with, whether their children have autism or not. I wasn't personally convinced by the ethical implications of Melanie's relationship with Andy, and to be honest, the whole thing was all a bit melodramatic for my taste. The style of writing reminded me of Jodi Picoult, and I think her fans will lap it up.