A Special Relationship

A Special Relationship

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Marrying a fellow foreign correspondent who saved her life while they were both on assignment, Sally struggles with cultural adjustments when they move to her husband’s London home and finds their relationship further strained by a difficult pregnancy and a cruel betrayal. Original.

Simon and Schuster
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of Five Days and The Blue Hour comes an unforgettable novel about a woman who seemingly has it all, until the man she trusted the most threatens to take it all away.

About an hour after I met Tony Hobbs, he saved my life. Thirty-seven-year-old American journalist Sally Goodchild quite literally married her hero. Both foreign correspondents, both on assignment in Cairo, they quickly fell in love and settled into domestic life in London. From the outset, Sally’s relationship with both Tony and his hometown was an uneasy one—as she found both to be far more unfamiliar than imagined. But her adjustment problems are soon overshadowed by a troubled pregnancy. When she goes into premature labor, there are doubts whether her child will survive unscathed. And then, out of nowhere, Sally is hit by an appalling postpartum depression—a descent into a temporary, but very personal hell, which even sees her articulating a homicidal thought against her baby. However, when she does manage to extricate herself from this desperate state, she finds herself in a fresh new nightmare, as she discovers that the man she thought knew her better than anyone—loved her more than anyone—now considers her an unfit mother and wants to bar her from ever seeing her child again.

Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2011
Edition: 1st Atria Paperback ed
ISBN: 9781439199152
Branch Call Number: Fiction Ken
Characteristics: 409 p. ; 23 cm


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Bierlingen Apr 15, 2013

One of the most gripping tales of new motherhood in a foreign country. I found this book impossible to put down and highly recommend it, mainly to women readers. The way Douglas Kennedy is able to understand and articulate the post partum difficulties of a new mother is done in a very convincing way. Another fantastic writer who, like Carol Shields and Richard B. Wright, is effectively and believably able to cross the barrier to the other gender.

Jul 24, 2008

Terrible book! A total waste of time that I will never regain! Please save yourself the aggravation. The story is completely unreal - the characters unbelievable, the plot just plain stupid. The whole post partum thing was very upsetting and unrealistic.


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