Category: Adult Fiction (18 yrs +), 210 pagesGenre: LiteraryPublisher: Not That London WriterRelease date: Jan 19, 2021Content Rating: PG-13 + M. Includes some f-words, religious profanities, and mature themes (addiction, adultery)
Who can forgive a mother who poisons her eight-year-old son? Even if it was an accident. Tasha thought she had everything under control – her family life, her career as a nurse – until her son got into her stash of painkillers. Now, during her first weekend home from drug treatment, she must come to grips with the damage she’s done and somehow pick up the pieces. Told from the points of view of four different family members, Weekend Pass is a story about the lies we tell ourselves and the people we love. And it’s about struggling to rise above the mistakes that threaten to define us.
I do caution my readers that this is raw at times and definitely has triggers throughout, which you would expect.
I wanted to read this book because I personally know people who have gone through recovery of addictions and people who have lived with loved ones that are addicted.
This was a page turner that I simply could not put down until I was done. The whole book's scenario happens on a weekend visit home, thus the cover title, after a three-week stent in a recovery program. The realism touches on how family members react to the main character as well as how she deals with her own recovery. It is heart wrenching from both sides and tough to read especially if, like me, you have gone through such things.
I am not sure if the author just did his homework or has experienced addiction in some way, but the book talked about the character going to a recovery place and attending meetings like NA and AA. I like that the author did not try to gloss over the effects of addiction and instead made it in your face what it is. It showed how someone who would normally not do, drugs or alcohol in this case, can easily become addicted. It also showed how family dynamics can be effected before and after addictions. His story unfolded well and is worth the read.
The only other thing I would like to mention is that I wished (even though I know this is a novel) there had been some resources added to the back of the book.
Overall, 4 stars for a great book.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book from the author. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle
Paul Cavanagh is a Canadian author whose debut novel, After Helen, won the Lit Idol competition at the London Book Fair in the UK and was published to rave reviews in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. He’s been compared to Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler for his ability to be at turns funny and moving while exploring the paradoxes of modern family relationships. He lives in London, Ontario (not be be confused with that other London). Weekend Pass is his third novel.
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