Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
From the synopsis, the book sounded intriguing. Emily Prentice discovers that her father was married to his high school sweetheart before marrying her mother. After hearing their story, she decides to find Libbie, to see what happened to her and to see if she can reunite her father with Libbie.
So, the majority of the book is Jack and Libbie’s story, which was really nothing more than Libbie drinking, taking pills, being hospitalized, and starting the cycle over again. My view is so different the other reviews I read. I just could not connect with any of these characters, not to mention Libbie’s problems were just a rehash of the previous chapter, repeated over and over again. I didn’t gain any knowledge about mental illness; the book was just depressing. Then in the last few pages, Libbie is found and, I won’t spoil it, but it seems like more time could have been spent on how she lived her life in the last 40 years instead of rushing through it in a couple of pages.
Overall, a very unsatisfying read. Again, it appears I’m in the minority, as other reviewers raved about this book.