Take Your Meds- It's A New Book Review:--
Just Beneath the surface is a study in abuse. You automatically know this
will be a story about domestic abuse; you just have to wonder how it
will be told. R.H. Ramsey does a terrific job in her telling. Like the
peeling of an onion, just as one layer of abuse is revealed another is
seen just beneath the surface. As I read the story I began to see the
problem started in subtle ways. What seemed like a loving, fun filled
family was really a group of people always ticking at each other. Name
calling and teasing between brother and sister, snide, belittling
remarks between the parents, and a woman who doesn’t have respect for
the man she is with is a disaster waiting to happen.
harbors resentment and lack of respect for the easy going man she has
been with from high school. Michael feeds her resentment by having
excuses for not marrying her after 14 years of living together. The
children dislike each other, jealous because of the obvious favoritism
for one by the opposite parent. Just as I thought everything was about
to blow up, the story took a totally different turn and the parents
separated, revealing a level of an entirely different form of abuse.
In this deeper level, Ramsey decided to tell the story through the
alternating voice of the women. Kendall finds and marries a new man and
will do anything and accepts every thing in order to keep this man.
Even to the point of ignoring her children and the ability to save her
daughter from following in her footsteps.
This is definitely a book
to read. Just when you expect one thing to happen, another layer is
revealed and you are pulled deeper and further beneath the surface.
(C) Ey Wade 2012 all rights reserved and all rights granted to the author of reviewed book.