Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock
My review of Elizabeth Flock's Sleepwalking in Daylight appears in the March 15 issue of Library Journal. It's reprinted here, with permission.
Flock, Elizabeth. Sleepwalking in Daylight. Mira: Harlequin. Mar. 2009. c.352p. ISBN 978-0-7783-2513-0. $21.95. F
"Do you ever want to walk away from your life?" is the question that hangs over Flock's (Me & Emma) latest novel. Samantha Friedman's marriage is slowly eroding from lack of interest, something she suspected as early as her honeymoon. The adoption of Cammy, a two-year-old crack baby, and the subsequent birth of twin sons failed to improve the marriage. Samantha's friendship with a married man and her self-absorption in her own problems blind her to her daughter's cries for help. Now 16, Cammy feels unwanted and unloved, and turns to drugs and sex. This is a story that can only end in heartbreak. Unfortunately, it is not a particularly original one. With its language, sex, and drugs, this dreary tale is recommended only for those libraries that need additional books for readers who enjoy "problem fiction," as popularized by Oprah's Book Club picks.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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