Book Review: ‘You Were Made For This’ by Michelle Sacks – thebookwormsfantasyMichelle Sacks. Michelle Sacks delivers a chilling, disturbing thriller with her debut novel, You Were Made for This. It will make you question everything you have ever believed about happiness, friendship and family. This story includes psychological and physical spousal abuse, child abuse, and child sexual abuse performed by some nasty, vicious characters. I found the story rather disturbing and want to warn those for whom violence and abuse are hot button issues to avoid this novel. On the other hand, those who enjoy twisty psychological thrillers starring deeply flawed characters will want to dive right in. Merry and Sam have it all.
Book review: You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks
Keep reading to discover my thoughts…. Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores baking, gardening, and caring for her infant son, while Sam pursues a new career in film. In their idyllic house in the Swedish woods, they can hardly believe how lucky they are.
Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam.
Thank you! When Sam inherits a cottage from his stepgrandmother, he and his pregnant wife barely hesitate but pack up their lives in Brooklyn and move, excited to raise their child in this place of ice-cold lakes and dappled sunlight. Merry spends her days picking fresh produce from the garden and baking homemade treats, taking baby Conor for long outings in the woods, and Sam works to begin a new career in documentary film. She knows Merry too well, knows her history of slipping from persona to persona, and she can see Sam for what he is. But Frank has her own secrets, and as her voice joins the others in narrating the story, it becomes clear that she's suffering for her own sins and may not be able—or willing—to save anyone. Sacks has crafted a beguiling and frightening modern fairy tale, an Eden story that presents an Adam and Eve who were never innocent and who try to make over the world on their own terms only to find that evil thrives even in the most ideal of settings. Hard to read but also bewitchingly hard to put down—a fitting contradiction in a novel that explores the corruption at the heart of beauty.
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Why do we love to observe catastrophe? It happens every day, in big ways and in small. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place.
South African-born short story author Michelle Sacks has turned her considerable writing skills to a full-length novel and the result is this stunning psychological thriller… a toxic, teasing, twisted tale of marriage, motherhood and friendship, so chilling and stomach-churning that it will have you reaching for the smelling salts. Blending an ingenious brand of guilty voyeurism with an intriguing and utterly addictive storyline, Sacks sweeps us away to rural Sweden and into the lives of three of the most complex characters you could hope to meet in fiction. Merry and Sam Hurley are building a new life for themselves far from the traffic, pollution, noise and crowds of Manhattan. Their home now is a little red wooden house nestled cosily in the woods of a beautiful nature reserve in the wilds of Sweden. Doting wife Merry adores baking, gardening and caring for their eight-month-old son Conor while Sam, a former professor of anthropology at Columbia University, pursues a new career in documentary film-making. But within no time, Frank is part of the family.