13 April 2011

The Transformation of Things; Jillian Cantor

The Transformation of ThingsThe Transformation of Things by Jillian Cantor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jen's life is falling apart: she'd given up her city-based life when her husband became an elected judge and gained "friends", the chairmanship of a cancer benefit and a McMansion and all that goes along with suburban wealth. One day she learns her husband is being indicted for bribery and her new life unravels. To deal with the stress, her herbalist gives her a new herb that now gives her very deep, very intense dreams in which she becomes people in her life (her husband, her BFF, her sister and her next-door-neighbor), learning the truth about their lives.

Her reaction to her husband's indictment and loss of the life she's created are met with an interesting detachment - it's not quite realistic that someone would be that accepting of things. Jen never confronts Will, never really questions what's going on (Will accepts a plea and is disbarred), never quite reacts to what's happening. There's a twist at the end that explains it all, but it felt almost like a cop-out by the author.

ARC provided by publisher.

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