Monday, July 13, 2009

Sleepwalking in Daylight

I spent a lot of time yesterday reading. I just couldn't put down Elizabeth Flock's newest book, Sleepwalking in Daylight. This book is women's fiction at its best.

Samantha is in her forties, married to Bob, and while they look like the perfect couple, things aren't as they appear. The intimacy is gone from their marriage and while Bob doesn't want to talk about it, Samantha can't help but think about this constantly and how unhappy she is. Cammy, their sixteen year old daughter, also narrates part of this story. Cammy has a lot of troubles. She was adopted when she was two and has decided to try to find her birth mother without asking her parents for help. Samantha is so focused on her struggling marriage that she doesn't seem to notice Cammy's problems, which also include drug use as well as promiscuity.

When Samantha meets Craig one day on the train the two strike up a friendship. Both claim they are unhappily married and start emailing each other and meeting for coffee several times each week. While there is no real physical cheating going on, there is a lot of emotional cheating occurring.

I won't give away the ending of this book, but I will say that as I was reading I continued to wonder how this story would end. Would Sam leave Bob? Would Cammy get help? I absolutely loved this book, and anyone who enjoys women's fiction should give it a try.

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