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What did you like most about The Promise Between Us?
A very unexpected plot, full of twists and turns with the characters. It also gives the reader a level of understanding about the horrors of OCD
Who was your favorite character and why?
Definitely Katie as she brings so much understanding to the heart break of mental illness.
What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
By listening you have more time to digest and think.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes - every time "the voice" talks to Katie and her reaction " I am strong..."
Any additional comments?
A great book and I think the best of all Barbara Claypole White's books. I was unable to guess any of the plot and found myself totally engrossed to where the "voice" would take you next.
This was one of the best books I've read in years! It was beautiful, heart wrenching and insightful. it brought tears to my eyes with sadness and happiness along with making me laugh out loud. Ms. White did an amazing job with helping us understand just how harmful ANY mental illness can be, even if it doesn't look like it on the outside.
There’s that famous quote attributed to Red Smith that says, “Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.”
When I read Barbara Claypole White’s novels, I get the sense that’s exactly what she does, but especially in The Promise Between Us.
The veil between fiction and reality seems gossamer thin, with the smallest touch one could reach through the writing and catch amazing Maise’s tear on your finger.
And because the line between here and there is so transparent, it allows Claypole White to give her readers access to what life inside OCD is like. It grows compassion for a woman like Katie Mack who often lives in a one-sided, demonized half of a headline.
It is a hard read at times. All those anxieties that many of us have as tiny whispers in the back of our minds are amplified to a deafening volume and you long to turn it down for yourself and for these characters. But that’s what builds compassion and understanding for those living with mental illness in real life.
Claypole White has a way of writing that gives her characters such depth that you’d swear you knew them.
As heavy as mental illness can be to read about, there is joy and humor and hope in these pages, too. Enough to keep you going, enough to soften the hits to your emotional guts.
Sometimes I am wary of reading an author more than once. I worry that the new book won’t quite grab me as much as the other book I read and loved, but when I read two that I love... it’s magic. I’m looking forward to the next book.