Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard

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Genre: Fiction/Thriller

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

In an attempt to help his wife recover from the trauma of a recent mugging, Mark takes Maggie on a road trip to his parent’s vacation home.  After getting a late start on the road, the couple realize they will need to find a hotel to stay in overnight.  What follows next is their tumultuous journey to find a safe place to stay, while stuck in an unfamiliar and isolated area.

I went into this book without reading many reviews or knowing much about the plot.  Although I really wanted to enjoy this book, unfortunately I didn’t at all.

The overall plot is good, but doesn’t noticeably progress until the very end.  The majority of the story revolves around Mark and Maggie’s feelings about themselves and each other.  It’s exhausting trying to keep up with the changing moods and dynamic between the two.  I may have been able to overlook this element, if it weren’t for the ending.  The conclusion almost brought me to tears and left me with an awful feeling.  Although I’m happy the event brought Mark and Maggie closer and helped Maggie overcome her previous anxiety, I really wish it had happened another way.  I also didn’t like the way the author portrayed Mark as the victim at the end.  It almost felt as if the two spouses had simply reversed roles.  I would have liked to see both spouses gain strength from the traumatizing ordeal they went through, instead of only Maggie.

While I didn’t enjoy this book personally, others may feel differently.  Have any of you read this one?  If so, let me know what you thought in the comments!

 

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