In Leah’s Wake
By Terri Giuliano Long
Genre: literary fiction
Even though Terri is a Novel Publicity customer, I was not given anything in return for this review (I even bought the book).
Normally, I don’t read the reviews of books before I buy them. I let the blurb on the back (and yes, the cover) influence my decision. It was the same for this book but because it took me so long to read it, I’ve read reviews for In Leah’s Wake as part of Novel Publicity. While I tried not to let them influence me, they were in the back of my mind while I read. I found myself either agreeing or disagreeing with them while I read, so I’ll address some of them. Another factor in this review that won’t come up often in others is that I’m the child of a child therapist so I’m exceptionally critical of Zoe’s behavior given that she is a child therapist in the novel.
Warning: this book includes underage sex, underage drinking, eating disorders, illegal substance and drug abuse.
Summary pulled from Goodreads
The Tyler family had the perfect life – until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn’t want to be perfect anymore.
While Leah’s parents fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah’s younger sister, Justine, must cope with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake.
Will this family survive? What happens when love just isn’t enough?
Jodi Picoult fans will love In Leah’s Wake – a heartbreaking, ultimately redemptive story about family, connection and our responsibility to those we love.