By Robin Lee Hatcher

Thomas Nelson, 2008

Fiction

 

“Absolutely perfect” is the way she would have described her marriage, had anyone asked—“25 years of bliss.” So how could something so devastating happen to two people devoted to each other and their family? Perhaps the better question is “How could a perfect love and relationship be so devastated by one statement and accusation?” Easily.

Here we see a family forced to take sides—that of their mother’s or their father’s. The accusations come out of the blue, and with no evidence, only a hinting, a “might be,” producing a nebulous wrongdoing. The suspicion builds—not from actions, though the wife/mom builds it up in her mind, and not from any proof that anything really happened.

Here is a story that portrays what suspicion and refusal to listen to or believe what the other side is saying. Here is an example of how a person can let the unknown become a reality—if only in the mind. As the story is told, portrayed, examined, the reader is likely to jump into both boats, trying to balance what each character is doing—and questioning why. If it sounds a bit frustrating, it is. But it does allow the story to stay unsaid and unsolved for a long time, having perhaps a too-quick ending. But that’s not all bad, either, because the reader realizes how easily and quickly people can make and wrap themselves into a ruinous web. And that’s a good thing.