Top positive review
Childhood PTSD in the adult Melanie
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
Karen White is a truly gifted writer. Her turn of a sentence, the use of unexpected words, the antidotal comments bring these characters and their situations to life in the most entertaining way. I especially appreciate her sense of humor and imagination. I'm so thankful for good writing that makes you feel as if you are an unmentioned character in the story living right along with them. I have read all five books and loved the entire series and am sorry there isn't somewhere to go after this that is just as much fun to read. I really miss these characters and cannot seem to find another book that I enjoy as much, even other Karen White books! I agree that the character Melanie can grate on you, but the poor woman has been through a lot. She has grown up with boogiemen and women in her house where she should be able to feel safe, but she never feels safe. Her mother leaves her at a tender age when she is too young to make any sense of it, her father who could be a comfort is instead an alcoholic she must endure and take care of and worse, accuses her of making up her ability to see dead people and so she lives with fear and danger. There is no-one to turn to for comfort or protection since no one believes her. She is forced to hide her true self from her father and school children who taunt her. Her grandmother is murdered, she is taken from her home and raised in a foreign country when her father is sent to Japan. There is never anyone to confide in. Everyone she should have had to comfort her is unavailable either physically or emotionally. Trust was not a luxury she ever experienced. Her emotional growth was stunted at age 6 and she has not matured emotionally past it. I am able to forgive her for being so abrasive and her inability to understand how deeply she can hurt other's feelings because she feels she has never mattered enough to believe she can. If this were a real person and all these things really happened to her, it would be amazing that she functions at all. I do hope if there is a 6th book that she will make progress and be a truly loving wife and a loving example for her children. I believe she feels she is a failure at everything except her job and her spreadsheets so that is where she finds gratification and where she finds comfort and control. If she is ever healed of her past she will be able to live a much fuller and happier life. I hope the story will allow her to finally be truly happy and move forward so people aren't so put off by this character.