Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft

3 Stars
“You cannot force a man to drink something life-sustaining if he thirsts for something different. Can’t force him to stay afloat if he won’t swim.”

Confession time – I requested this book because it had a good title and a pretty cover. Yep, that’s how shallow I am sometimes. Worked out okay for me in this case too so I’ll probably continue choosing my books in this manner ; )

Now to get serious – on the morning Ronnie’s husband is supposed to be moving out of their old farmhouse he arrives with a shotgun rather than a moving truck. Locking himself in their barn, Jeff threatens to kill himself and anyone who comes near him. The next 12-hours is a standoff during which Ronnie, her mother, and her mother-in-law will all reflect on their lives and relationships.

The Far End of Happy is exactly what the title says. This is a bleak story . . . but I like bleak so I was actually looking forward to it. My problem with this one was two-fold (thus the 3 Star rating rather than 4). First, the official synopsis had me believing the book would focus on the actual standoff and be action-packed. Instead it was a depressing meander down memory lane. Second, at 432 pages this one was a bit long in the tooth. However, the writing was good with well-developed characters and complicated relationships, and it even came complete with a reader’s guide should your wino group book club choose it as a selection. If you’re in the mood for something a little on the darker side when it comes to a family drama, this is a solid choice.

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Ha! Suckers ; )

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you, NetGalley!

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