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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Flock has built a reputation for writing fiction that conveys the resiliency of the human spirit. In her novels, But Inside I’m Screaming, Me & Emma, and Everything Must Go, Flock poses tough questions about the complexities of life with characters that face difficult decisions. Now in her fourth novel, SLEEPWALKING IN DAYLIGHT, she returns with yet another strong characterization, adroitly entering the psyche of a mother and a daughter, both stuck at a crossroads in their lives and trying to cope with life’s disappointments.

Sam is a stay at home mom who seems to have it all: a beautiful home, successful husband, and three wonderful children, but beneath the surface lies a darker reality—she feels stuck at this stage in life and constantly wonders if this is all that life has to offer her. Cammy is Sam’s teenage daughter, battling depression and isolation. As Cammy spins out of control, exhibiting risky and dangerous behaviors, Sam misses her silent cries for help and in the end, SLEEPWALKING IN DAYLIGHT is the story of how a contemporary family deals with change and, ultimately, tragedy.

This is a wonderful and chilling tale of the relationship between a mother and daughter. As a parent it is sometimes so easy to become so overwhelmed with your life and the lives of your children, that things just pass you by. Sometimes it is easier to pretend you have tried to deal with a situation to make yourself feel better even though you know you haven't even scratched the surface. This book deals with all of that, and then some. Told in alternating chapters by mother and daughter as a reader you are ensconced into their lives and deepest thoughts. This is one of those books that really makes you sit back and think about how you are living your own life, dealing with your own problems and how you can try to make things better before they end up getting worse. Great writing, great reading!!! 5/5

2 comments:

lorisreadingcorner said...

I'm so glad you liked it as much as I did ;)

Liz said...

Thank you very much for your kind words, Melanie. I'm so grateful for your support. Keep on spreading the word, girl! ;) (p.s. LOVE your blog!)