Lily Bloom was raised in an abusive household so she’s witnessed first hand what an abuser looks like. And, she never understood why her mother didn’t leave her father. Lily’s story begins on the day of her father’s funeral. She’s back in Boston, where she moved to put some distance from her hometown in Maine following her graduation from college, and has a chance meeting with Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon with an allergy to relationships. While there was a mutual attraction, both knew their goals were polar opposites and went their separate ways until a bizarre set of events reconnected them.
First, I consider this a contemporary fiction with romantic elements. It’s a compelling look at domestic abuse from a unique perspective of a character who you’d think would know better. We often ask the question, “why wouldn’t she just leave?” or some variation of that. Whether you agree or not with the points of view presented, the story does provide key insights as to why that decision may not be as easy a solution for the women involved.
I liked how Lily’s relationship with her first teenage love, Atlas Corrigan, was shared in retrospect through her reading of her journals. It was cleverly done and added an interesting element in how it was delivered. Her relationship with him helped provide definition to her character as well as provide a contrast to her subsequent one with Ryle.
The author’s post script gives important context for the story so I would encourage everyone to read/listen to her comments. I listened to the story and thought the narrator did a good job in distinguishing the characters and gave a solid performance. I liked this story, a lot, because I saw people I know personally in Lily and it’s helped me better understand an issue I thought was less gray than actuality.
- Release Date: August 2, 2016
- Narrator: Olivia Song
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 11 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio