Sometimes lurking below a seemingly "normal" family life is a tangled web of deception. We want the American dream -- a home, a loving family, a perfect marriage, and relationships built on trust. We’ll do almost anything to insure that dream comes true. King's book exposes the vulnerability of a family, her family! - and a MOTHER - who discovers that the crime of incest is occurring right UNDER HER ROOF! As betrayal sets in, the slow decay of an American dream gone wrong surfaces.
As I was reading this book, I harkened back to a time in my own life when I, too, was married to a controlling, abusive man, and how I tried to ignore the signs of the potential threat to my own family. King does an excellent job portraying in detail the subtle and not-so-subtle signs of abuse and incest in the setting of the '60's, 70's and '80's -- a time period when we all expected a "Father Knows Best" kind of life.
This book would be an excellent book club candidate or a book to share with a daughter or son or friend. It opens the door to communication, not only of the subject of incest but also the trap that women and men fall into when they are involved in a controlling relationship and to what degree we stay in that relationship in the name of "love" ... or even to just "be right" about someone...even when we are dead wrong. It doesn't matter whether staying in a relationship-gone-wrong makes "sense" sometimes...it is the difficult process of recognition and then disconnecting from the dream of a perfect life,making difficult decisions, closing the door and moving on...and in the process HEALING.