This so wasn’t the book I was expecting. From the way it started I was expecting: Nora – middle-aged wife, mother and high school English teacher has a few domestic and career troubles, deals with them by confronting her past and lives happily ever after – with maybe a touch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure.
Not so. Nora’s story is firmly rooted in gritty reality and it doesn’t make for easy reading. Her marriage is falling around her and so’s her sanity. When she starts to hallucinate she turns to a psychiatrist, David, to help her make sense of what’s going on.
It turns out that what was going on is horrific. Gradually, in the safe haven of David’s office, she starts to unravel her past. What happened to Nora was so traumatic that her conscious mind blocked it.
As the novel progresses, we see how repressed episodes from the past can have a seismic effect on how individuals see their world. With Nora, we revisit disturbing images from her abused childhood and experience with her the agonising journey of losing hold of what is real and what is imagined.
With thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book. Publication date due January 2018