Marge W Bonita Springs, FL
Accident of Marriage
After struggling through the first couple of chapters, I enjoyed reading this book. I think it would be lead to very good discussion as a Book Club selection. I liked the author's method of letting us into the thoughts of the three main characters.
Sarah H. (Arvada, CO)
So much more than a book about marriage
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the first page I could feel the tension in the marriage, in the family. The characters are so distinct and vivid, I felt like if only someone could tell the others what they were thinking, maybe they could work things out. This story is as much about Emma as Maddy and Ben, I also felt compelled to reach into the book and save her! That intimate connection with the characters is Randy Susan Meyers' gift.
Elizabeth L. (Beavercreek, OH)
I wanted to like this book as I found the subject intriguing but I didn't like it much at all. I thought the characters were very one dimensional and often their emotions did not seem to ring true. I particularly despised the way Ben's character was drawn. He seemed to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It would have been a richer story if there had been a hint of redemption in the way Ben handled the crisis instead of an overwhelming sense of narcissistic priggery.
Shirley L. (Norco, LA)
Rather Heavy Handed
I had trouble engaging with this novel. The characters seemed one-dimensional, at times almost stereotypes of particular character types used by the author to make her point. Very early in the story the husband accuses his wife of "social working" him. I felt this way while reading much of this book.
Mary A. (Lake Nebagamon, WI)
It does not take long to be drawn into the families dynamics. Family life with children can be very hectic. Randy Meyers has written this book, having the reader actually feel the emotions of each of the characters.
We find out how each family member deals with the stress of their abusive father and Maddy's accident and healing. This book was written so I could get into Maddy's mind, to feel her thinking, frustrations and exasperation.
The reader will see how parenting conditioning reflects on the children and adult children. Physical and verbal abuse not only affects the poor or uneducated.
Definitely a book club read to be discussed.
A very satisfying read.
Jill S. (Chicago, IL)
Psychologically-astute with real characters
So much for expectations: I expected Randy Susan Meyers' latest book to be a run-of-the-bill novel about how an ordinary family is crippled by the father's poor anger management control. In other words, a "lesson" book.
Yes, in the very loosest sense, that's what Accidents of Marriage is about. But I'm pleased to say that it also includes the psychological acuity, beautifully-rendered insights and strong character development that causes it to soar to the top of its genre.
Accidents of Marriage will not win any literary awards. But not every book has to. There's something that's also valuable in books that tell a good story and make the reader want to turn pages well into the night. Accidents of Marriage is that kind of book.
Jill F. (Blackwood, NJ)
Too many shortcuts
This could have been a really good book; it grabbed my attention right away and drew me in, but there were glaring implausibility that ruined it for me. The events that led to Maddy being in the car at the time of the accident would not have happened, and the fact that the other driver was drunk would not have negated Ben's culpability especially with so many witnesses in a high profile case. If you want to read a really well researched book that deals with brain injury in a realistic way I suggest "Left Neglected," Lisa Genova .