Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he's lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids - which works to keep a fragile peace - until the rainy day when they're together in the car and Ben's volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.
©2014 Randy Susan Meyers (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"Beautifully written, poignant and thought-provoking, this novel refuses to succumb to stereotypical reader expectations, making it even more memorable." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Many books are an absolute pleasure to read, but slip straight from your mind. Accidents of Marriage is one of those rare novels that is both unputdownable and unforgettable. I just loved it, and I'll now read everything Randy Susan Meyers writes." (Liane Moriarty, NYT Bestselling author of The Husband's Secret)
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There was a family of five, Dan and Maddy with three children, Caleb, Emma and Gracie. Dan was a person who would become volatile without warning. Maddy was the peace keeper, trying to be calm and trying at the same time to assert hersef for the sake of the children.
Maddy was a social worker and Dan was the head of the public defender's office. Their home life was a challenge for Maddy. She never knew what kind of mood Dan would be in when he arrived home from work.
Most mornings Maddy took charge of the children, getting the two older ones to school and dropping Gracie off at the babysitter. However, Maddy asked Dan if he could take charge of the kid's this morning because she needed to see a client before going to work. Dan protested loudly that he didn't have the time. Maddy always took care of the children and she should have been better prepared. No, he absolutely would not be able to do what she asked. Maddy relented and asked if he could at least get Gracie to the babysitter. Dan continued to yell at Maddy, to the point of verbally abusing her, which was all too common. Maddy worked around his anger and calmed him down. Dan conceded.
Maddy was returning to the office and was stopped by the police. She handed him the registration and it was found to be expired. The policeman gave Maddy no leniency and had her car towed. She could pick up her car after the registration had been renewed.
Maddy was now faced with a problem but she took a chance and called Dan. She explained the situation and Dan, being his usual self, became verbally abusive but said, yes. He picked Maddy up angry and misjudging an SUV's attempt to move over became enraged. Dan continued to drive erratically in his Camaro in a fit of road rage and the inevitable happened, an accident. Dan was okay but Maddy was in a coma.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It was filled with action and edge of the seat tension. The narrator was excellent. Susan Bennett was superb with the many voices. I would definitely suggest the book to a friend and to anyone reading this review. The depth of this book speaks volumes where verbal abuse becomes intolerable. Maddy exhibited such courage that I would have to say that she was my favorite character. The book was a learning experience for me. Another great listen.
I could relate to it in so many ways
The Mom, Maddy.
Made me laugh and cry in so many different ways.
Just listen, so worth it.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
Most of this book were very engaging. It seemed to deliver an honest portrayal of a fairly common relationship flaw that can have devastating effects. The author has obvious skill and her plot was interesting and somewhat unique. I thought some of the characters, especially that of Ben and the eldest daughter Emma were well developed. If anything I think too much time was spent hashing and rehashing Ben's faults. One chapter into the book and the reader knows that Ben has serious anger issues that are escalating rapidly. And shortly after that we realize he has the ability to justify to himself even his worst actions. But the author keeps providing examples of these defects over and over. Not because it was necessary to the plot It almost seemed like "filler" to make the book a little longer.
The character that I felt was poorly developed was Maddie. And that was a shame because she remained so one dimensional, it was difficult to empathize with her. While I understand it is difficult to point out the personality flaws in a person after they live through a traumatic brain injury, there was plenty of time before the accident to understand what made Maddie tick. We got hints - she was evidently disorganized and often forgot important deadlines. But that hardly fleshes out a character.
No other person's behavior ever justified the way Ben treated his family. No matter what someone else does, you do not treat them the way Ben treated others. And I think the final resolution of the book was the only way it could end based on his character defects. But in real life there are two people in a marriage and to understand the marriage you have to understand both parties' motivations and actions. I never understood Maddie's and what affect they had on Ben and her children. I think this information would have been helpful, especially because despite of Ben's insurmountable flaws, he seemed to genuinely love his wife and kids. But we don't know why because we don't know Maddie.
One other issue that bothered me dealt with Maddie's sister. She was obviously the bad apple to Maddie's good. The author spends just enough time hinting at problems to pique your interest in the character. Then she is dropped and is never mentioned again. Why. It seemed especially strange that she deserted Maddie because she was uncomfortable around her and this resulted in a major disaster. And yet there were no consequences mentioned for her actions. I would have felt more satisfied if someone held her accountable. If her behavior had no bearing on the plot, why include her?
Susan Bennett narrated this beautifully.
That it is so true to life. So many women today are married to selfish bullies. Walking on egg shells every day, never knowing what mood they will be in.
no, but she did good.
The oldest daughter, who was a real trooper.
loved the book
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
When I first started reading Meyers' 'Accidents of Marriage' I was overwhelmed with the similarities between my marriage and that of the main character. The husband Ben is a very self centered jerk who really couldn't care less about his wife Maddy, who took care of their family while he was out often 'on business.' He threw tantrums and she never knew what would set him off.
One day he is in a very bad mood and they get into a car together. It's raining, and he has an accident and Maddy is left in the ICU with a brain injury. While her three children wait, terrified their mother will die, Ben is worried that people will discover the truth- which was that the accident was his fault and caused from his anger.
The book goes from one narrator to the next, and uses the person's point of view. It reminded me a little of Gone Girl in the beginning, and a Jodi Picoult book in the middle and end.
This book, albeit very depressing, was a real eye opener for me. The writing is just so raw and honest and it's touching. I sucked me in and I listened to it in two nights. The narrator does a wonderful job with all of the characters as well.
4 solid stars
It wasn't "enjoyable" in the sense that it was a happy read - in fact, it really and truly was not a happy read - but it was well-written, with real characters that felt real, raw, honest emotions, without the over-flowery pretty language that authors who create such characters seem to use. The narration was spot-on, turning a good book itno an outstanding performance.
yes. It was a difficult read, depicting a family already in crisis going through the necessary messy changes of recovery from a brain injury - the overwhelming expectations of older children and the other parent, the hopes and shattered innocence of the younger children...
I read Meyers' "The Murderer's Daughters" years ago, and I didn't like it then. Perhaps now that I ghave matured - and enjoyed this book so much - I will go back and read it.
I will also check out Susan Bennett's other narrations; if they're half as good as this, time and credits well spent!
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
The father is anger driven, the mom - well she's in a coma for half the book so we really don't know who she was prior to her accident.
BUT-the kids! I simply can't believe how they were written. Totally bratty children with no boundaries put on them..apparently they never had boundaries. The parents shouldn't have been allowed to have kids! The grand parents are also miserable-a Catholic/Jewish family whose kids don't understand life at all.
Whayts the point of this novel?
I don't understand the reason for this book-it wasn't entertaining, the children were always wretched and snotty..WHY?
I didn't get much from this book, though I did listen to it all-but I'm returning it. Yuck!
Don't bother unless you enjoy being frustrated with a made up family of selfish people.
If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!
I was disappointed with this story. While it did hit close to home about marriage and the problems that id say every couple faces it left me hungry for more.
The more I stew on this book the more unhappy I become with it.
Cannot write so well at present. The dialogue, at the beginning, so real. Lucky woman to have family, brave woman gets mad and tries hard. Very well written compelling story. You will enjoy it is not just a sad story. I think you will finish it, as it pulls one in.
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