This novel was a stunning read. The main characters, Elise & Matt were genuine & human. Tish Cohen brings them to life by way of their flaws & their wrong decisions. In the same manner, she rescues them by opening their eyes to their imperfections & mistakes. They rise above these mistakes & are perfected by their trials. They end up becoming better than they were. We can’t define people by the sum of their actions. In the same way, we can’t critique a novel by looking at whether we like or dislike its characters.
Speaking of unlikeable characters, I absolutely detested Cass Urquhart! That ho had her eye on Matt the minute he moved to his late grandfather’s cabin on Lake Placid. She was determined to get Matt in the sack. She shoved herself into their lives, critized Elise to Matt (while Matt did nothing to correct her assessment of his wife), brought up memories of good times she & Matt had during their teenage years, did everything she could to seduce him. One of the best parts of this novel was when Matt finally wised up & ignored her “come hither” invitations. In the end he chose Elise over the slut.
This novel was so much more than a tug of war between 2 women. There was the main plot & a number of engrossing sub plots, among them the abduction of Matt & Elise’s daughter Gracie. There was also the conflicts within Elise, both past & present. There was also Matt’s love & idealism of his grandfather Nate Sorensen. Matt realizes his kindly & altruistic grandfather was anything but.
This novel was a terrific read that I’ll remember for a long time. I highly recommend it.