You Were Made for This

You Were Made for This

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they've built. When Merry's childhood friend Frank visits their Swedish paradise, she immediately becomes part of the family. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam. She befriends the neighbors, and even finds herself embracing the domesticity she's always seemed to scorn. All their lives, Frank and Merry have been more like sisters than best friends. And that's why Frank soon sees the things others might miss. Treacherous things, which are almost impossible to believe when looking at this perfect family. But Frank, of all people, knows that the truth is rarely what you want the world to see."-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316449410
Branch Call Number: SAC
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 27, 2019

The jacket of this book made it seem extremely riveting and in general I am drawn to dark, complicated characters. I had to give up by page 60 when the general neglect of the main character's innocent baby and her uncaring attitude made me extremely uncomfortable. Due to her neglect, the poor child falls off the bed and breaks an arm. I could not tolerate any more and closed the book. Giving up was easy for me as neither of the main characters were likable - both self-absorbed, selfish and I had no interest in if or when they eventually saw the light and turned their lives around for the better. A very disappointing read.

Dec 28, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Extremely Disturbing!

Merry and Sam have moved from New York to a remote home in Sweden, a wonderful place to raise their new baby Conor. Everything is simply perfect - or is it? When Merry’s childhood friend Frank comes for a visit, the flaws in this perfect life are exposed.

Darkly disturbing events take place, and life in idyllic Sweden will never be the same.

Pros: Sparse but extremely effective writing - a fabulous debut by this author.

Cons: Extremely disturbing, not a book to be entered into lightly.

You Were Made For This is a book you will be thinking about long after the final page has been read. Truly haunting.

5 stars

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