Tuesday, May 30, 2017

All the Best People
by Sonja Yoerg

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 368
Format: eARC

Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happened to someone else.

But now her mind is playing tricks on her. The accounts won’t reconcile and the murmuring she hears isn’t the television. She ought to seek help, but she’s terrified of being locked away in a mental hospital like her mother, Solange. So Carole hides her symptoms, withdraws from her family and unwittingly sets her eleven-year-old daughter Alison on a desperate search for meaning and power: in Tarot cards, in omens from a nearby river and in a mysterious blue glass box belonging to her grandmother.



Kritters Thoughts:  A book that takes a personal dive into mental health and as I don't have a lot of personal experience with mental health with me or those close to me, I enjoyed this look into how it affects not only the person personally but also the family that surrounds them.  

Beyond the interesting things to learn and read about about mental health, I loved that the book was set not in our current day.  It may be weird to say but I enjoyed reading about the current state of affairs of health care for mental health patients in 1970s and to see the progress.  I think it was more clear to see how Carole's mother was diagnosed and treated and the juxtaposition between her, Carole and how we know today's patients are treated.  

I am a huge Sonja Yoerg fan and love that each of her books are unique, but all still feel like they came from the same author.  The way her books flow just seems effortless and I say that in the most complimenting way possible!  It is easy to fall into her story and I will say that all of her books that I have read have been ones that were hard to put down because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. 


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 12 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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