All the Breaking Waves by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Oh man, this book is a perfect example of why I love mother-daughter relationships in women's lit. Almost on every page there was a line of dialogue that indicated some maternal instinct, and the way that Molly interacted with her daughter Cassie literally melted my heart.
In this paranormal vibes story, we follow Molly, who is a struggling single mother trying to raise her eight-year-old child Cassidy who has "abilities" that may possible harm or help her. To help her daughter get over these horrible nightmares, she goes to visit her grandmother who has had experience with this. There she re-meets her childhood love who she hasn't seen in around 12 years because of a tragic day (turning point) in her past that she will delve deeper into throughout the story.
As the week unfolds, our narrator jumps back and forth in time to give us a full picture of her life. In essence this book has central themes like: love, loss, acceptance, forgiveness, family, and motherhood. At the core though, it's all about how this young women is trying to save her child's life, save her own life.
My definite favorite character was Molly (a.k.a. our narrator) who is a deeply flawed human being and carries a weight of secrets on her shoulders. In her childhood she had to deal with mental illness and psychic abilities hate which have have scared her for life.But she also cares so damn much about her daughter and that take priority over everything else. Honestly, this is nerdy for me to admit but she made a completely interesting psychological study. While reading, I liked how the author really got into her deepest darkest secrets and all of the doors in her mind and the reasons of hesitation or her motivations.
Everything blends so well together, and I just wanted to warn you that from my personal experience, that I wouldn't classify this as a thriller or mystery at all. I would classify it more as a love story with multi-generational relationships that made my heart race with warmth. All praise goes to Kelly Lonsdale, who has the ability to write such harrowing tales that a reader can get lost in.
**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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