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Close To Me: Now a major TV series

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What would you do if you woke up after a fall and can't remember the last year of your life, find yourself apprehensive about a husband you think you love and everyone is tip toeing around you? Jo Harding wakes up in a hospital with partial amnesia,she has lost a whole year of her life.She is informed that she fell down the stairs but she has no memory of what happened on that night. And why on earth can't she remember volunteering at a drop in centre with a lovely lady called Rose, whose messages she has found, and who seems extremely concerned about Jo.

Close To Me, Now a major TV series by Amanda Reynolds Close To Me, Now a major TV series by Amanda Reynolds

Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. I myself have grown up children there is no way on this planet I would be paying for their accommodation.Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival. I did kind of guess where this was going but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment reading this.

Close To Me by Amanda Reynolds | Waterstones Close To Me by Amanda Reynolds | Waterstones

Instantly hooked, CLOSE TO ME by Amanda Reynolds threw me into the story and I didn't resurface until I had reached the end - and boy, what an ending! Close to me delves into the dynamics of family and the resulting aftermath when things ultimately implode. When Jo finds herself at the bottom of the stairs, after a violent fall, the paramedics asking her endless questions, her only thought is that she doesn't want her husband near her. But why? He's trying to help? Isn't he?The book is told in alternating chapters of the days following Jo's accident and the year leading up to it. It works so well, as the reader discovers what led to the breakdown of her family at the same time as Jo. You get to know Jo almost as she gets to know herself and I found I really connected to her and could relate to some of what she is experiencing in the early days before her fall. Jo is going through a time of change, her youngest child has just left home for university and she needs to redefine herself and purpose - something familiar to me as both my children begin to move on. But unlike myself, Jo is surrounded by manipulating people, taken advantage of by her husband, her kids and then others who sense her vulnerability. I loved the subtle development of her character right through the book, and by the end felt satisfied that this now strong and purposeful woman was going to be ok.

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