Fiction: The Week I Ruined My Life by Caroline Grace-Cassidy
Black & White Publishing, €11.70
After years of connubial bliss, Colin and Ali's marriage has turned sour. Somewhere along the line, he has become manipulative and controlling, she self-doubting and detached. His barbed (and not so barbed) comments cut to the quick. Tension mounts. He complains about the infrequency of sex, she that the workload of managing a busy household and a demanding full-time job is unfairly distributed. He niggles at her self-confidence, playing the guilt card. What kind of a mother is she that she wants to go out to work and hand over their after-school care to a stranger?
She in turn no longer feels any attraction for Colin but for the sake of the children is willing to make an effort, though unwilling to relinquish her job, which provides a welcome distraction from the unpleasantness playing out at home. Then Owen, a handsome, funny co-worker enters the frame and showers love-starved Ali with attention. Will it turn her head? Will she risk everything for a moment of passion?
Caroline Grace-Cassidy (above) really dissects the workings of a failing marriage with raw and brutal honesty and carefully engineers the mounting tension to an explosive climax.
A quick and easy read complete with some hard home truths, this novel will appeal to women who are looking for popular fiction with a bit of an edge.
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