April 5, 2016

Book Review: The Divorce Papers

For someone who "loves to read", I haven't been that good at it lately. Is there such a thing as "reader's block"? Because I think I have that. I absolutely cannot focus on reading during my new short commute, but I also find it hard to lock down time at home to just sit and read. And whenever I do finish a book, I have hard time picking up another one right after. Am I the only one? Because I feel crazy. K, don't answer that...

But as I scroll through Goodreads trying to figure out what to read next, I realized I missed reviewing so many books so I'm going to start catching up on writing & posting those. Who knows, it might help with my reading inspiration!

Here's a review of the last book I read...

The Divorce Papers The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm’s most important client. After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightly’s. She is locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane—and she also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she’s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can’t be put off. As she so disarmingly puts it: It’s her first divorce, too. <via goodreads>

I've had to wait a couple of years to read this book because it was so difficult to get my hands on, but I totally loved it! I had no idea it was going to be in the format that it was, which I discovered is called an 'epistolary novel' and means "novel written as a series of documents". I've never read a book in this format and I really enjoyed it. I almost feel like I'm not sure I would have loved the book as much as I did if it had been written in a more standard fashion. The always-changing points of view kept this fresh and me eager to keep reading. Plus, I love all things legal so I was extra interested. I enjoyed the characters, and while the protagonist was not my favourite one, I still enjoyed her and was rooting for her. I like that the ending resolved some things and kept others open-ended. I now really want to find another epistolary novel to find out whether I actually enjoy this format or it was just coincidence with this book.

Happy Reading!

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1 comment :

  1. Wow that sounds like an interesting read! Definitely adding it to my list! I think I'll get a kick out of the epistolary theme too.


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