Today I have for you a new book from a new author: I Know You’re There, by Susan Allison Dean.
Goodreads Summary: Jill Bradley is a 24-year-old nurse whose life is going great; she’s established herself in her new career, and she’s looking forward to getting engaged to her high school sweet heart. When life’s tide changes and she is bombarded by tragedy, loss, and betrayal all at once, she can no longer cope. In a moment of despair, she books a trip to a Caribbean island in an effort to escape her problems. She finds respite and romance, but her problems have also packed their own suitcase.
Helen Bradley is Jill’s mother. Like many mothers of her time, she has dedicated her life to her life to her family. Despite her best efforts, however, she hasn’t always been able to be the type of mother she wished she could be. She has a secret she was hoping would just go away, but it won’t. If she doesn’t share it with her daughter, Jill, it might bring Jill more harm.
I Know You’re There is a mother-daughter journey, celebrating the highs and delving in to the lows of family life. Can the power of love heal all things?
Review: I Know You’re There takes on the challenge of tackling some really difficult subjects. Jill is like many people – hardworking, dedicated, with a life she enjoys pretty well for the most part and work she cares about, but when an accident takes all of that away from her, the blows just keep coming. She also learns a secret, and with all the different circumstances bombarding her, she has to escape her normal life and find refuge an island, and try to figure out who she really is and who she will be now that everything is different.
I thought the story itself was interesting and had very poignant moments. Mothers and daughters are terribly complicated, and every pairing looks a little differently. This was portrayed well, as was the internal journey Jill takes to try and come to terms with a reality that is so different from everything she hoped it would be.
The pacing was a bit slow for me, as the blurb made me anticipate something with a sinister thriller feeling to it, but there were some lovely and interesting moments in it. The writing style was also a bit disjointed for me, and sometimes I felt as though I was noticeably being told a story rather than falling into one. However, among a sea of NA books dealing with romantic relationships, this book is important in opening the door to addressing familial issues and personal growth. I applaud the author for taking on this challenge. If you enjoy diving into inner journeys and characters who seek and find inner strength, I Know You’re There is for you.
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