Top critical review
Recommended- Well Written Look at Family Values-three and a half stars
16 March 2019
This was an enjoyable read. Well written, neither too sickly sweet nor violently grim- hits ‘just the right note’. For me, the ending was too convenient; leaving just a few unanswered questions.
Suzanne is the model housewife and mother to the outside world but inside herself she’s struggling to find herself. Whilst driving, for some peace, she comes across 16 years old Iris who is unkempt, wild and very poorly. Iris is taken to hospital. Various enquires reveal that Iris has been brought up in woods by her family and has never encountered civilised life. For the past three years she has been fending for herself. ( I’m not giving all the details away).
As a temporary measure, in the absence of relatives, Suzanne takes Iris into her home to acclimatise her into the ‘real world’. It’s at this point that the storyline kicks off properly as Iris deals with each family member. The simplicity of her life in the woods has various effects on the household. There’s a sort of creeping menace as to what Suzanne’s daughter, Brynn (15) is up to. The attitudes and behaviour of Reid, Suzanne’s 17 years old son and Whit, Suzanne’s husband are examined.
This was an entertaining read. It’s not a thriller but rather a look at the clash of cultures and family values. The novel is certainly worth reading and I’ve already looked for more books by this author.