Sunday, August 7, 2011

(127)The First Day of the Rest of My Life by Cathy Lamb

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Publication Date: August 1, 2011
480 Pages

It took me nearly a week to get through this book. And that is UNHEARD of for me. Especially with Cathy Lamb books, but this one was different.

Madeline and Annie are two sisters who did not have an easy childhood. They are the product of their childhood, but they went different directions. Madeline is a world famous Life Coach and Annie is a sculptor with an extreme fondness for explosives. Their past is coming back to haunt them in the form of a nosy reporter and a cowardly blackmailer. Both are forcing Madeline to relive their ugly, ugly past. Will they survive the trauma all over again? Will their past destroy everything they have worked so hard for?

I am usually a huge fan of Cathy Lamb, but this is not her best work. The subject matter in & of itself was ugly. As I was reading it, I was thinking that perhaps she took it a bit too far this time. Not to mention the first 80 pages or so felt a bit discombobulated and all over the place. I was about 80 pages in before I started to connect the characters and figure out what was past and what was present. I don't consider myself to be overly sensitive when it comes to violence, but this book bothered me, so I suspect it will REALLY bother some of you. I still love Cathy Lamb, and will read anything she ever writes, but this one I could have done without. Read it if you must, but don't say I didn't warn you.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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