Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson is a novel that takes on the difficult subject of suicide and its effects on a family afterwards. It is an emotional tale of grief, love, family, and most importantly hope.
A year has gone by since Laura’s husband Jack committed suicide and she’s still trying to put her shattered family back together. She and her fifteen year old daughter Darcy clash on a regular basis but she has a solid relationship with her thirteen year old son Troy. That’s why she is even more stressed when her son begins to exhibit signs of the bipolar disorder that his father had and her daughter begins to hang out with a boy that Laura knows she’d be better off without. Laura struggles with her emotions as she knows the damage that has been done to her children having grown up in an unstable environment but she will do whatever she has to to ensure they are happy and healthy from now on.
As Darcy’s relationship with her mother goes downhill so does her friendship with her best friend. In light of this she is drawn even further into spending most of her time with her boyfriend Nick who has many issues of his own. To top it off her mom rents her dad’s studio apartment out to a man and worse than that she seems interested in him and he in her. Aidan seems to get along good with Troy but Darcy wants nothing to do with him and takes every opportunity to make sure he knows it.
As Laura’s relationship with Aidan grows she wonders if it is the best thing for her kids. As Laura is struggling with these thoughts Darcy is being led down a path that could have dire consequences for all involved. Woven throughout is the fact that all are trying to deal with how Jack’s suicide has affected them and how it is even having a bearing on the paths they are taking now. Will Laura open her heart? Will Troy battle the same disorder his father had and how will Laura handle that? Will Darcy learn to trust her mother or walk a different and not so good road?
Equilibrium would make a good bookclub pick especially with the subject matter of suicide and its effects on the family as well as the topic of relationships after losing a loved one. Is it ok to move on and when is it ok? How do you handle the grief, sadness and guilt? There are any number of avenues for discussion. For me this was a good read. I had some trouble with the flow at some points but not enough to really bother me. I do like when a novel leaves me questioning what actions I would take if faced with the same situation. All in all a strong debut from Lorrie Thomson and I look forward to reading more from her.
Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson is touring with TLC Book Tours so be sure to visit the other stops on the tour. You can connect with the author on her website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can purchase your own copy at Amazon and Amazon Canada.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US/Canada)
I have one copy of Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson to share with my readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave a comment entering the giveaway.
- Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on September 25/13. Good luck!
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.
Equilibrium sounds like a thought provoking read Dar. I like a book that has me pondering a well. Great review and giveaway.
Lisa Smith says
I am so looking forward to reading this! What a thought provoking topic!
Thank you, Peeking Between The Pages, for taking the time to read and review Equilibrium. And thank you for your interest, Bookworm. Discussion questions are provided at the end of the novel. Enjoy!
bermudaonion (Kathy) says
This sounds like a very emotional read!
Lisa & Kathy,
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Equilibrium!
This sounds really emotional and really good. I also like books that make you think. Suicide is an issue that my family has dealt with personally, so I’m interested in how the author handles it. Great review!
Sound like a good book to read.
Thanks for this fascinating book giveaway and great review which interests me.
Wonderful feature that captivated me. A memorable book. Thanks for this chance.
What a great giveaway. An emotional and unforgettable story. Many thanks.
Melanie Backus says
Thank you for the great review. This book is going to pull you in and emotions will run high. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance.
Great giveaway. Thank you. I can’t wait to read it. I tweeted @readsalways
Jennifer L. says
The book sounds great. Love the cover.
Difficult circumstances. I’d love to read about it, thanks.
Sandra Furlotte says
Please enter me for this great book.
Fantastic storyline, I would love to read this book.
I would be very interested to read this novel. My mother committed suicide when I was thirteen and it tore our family apart in a similar way. I’m curious to see how the author handled the subject matter. Thank you for the giveaway.
Summer G says
Thanks for the giveaway. Looks great.
lisa s says
Sounds like a great read!!! I’d love to read this one 😀 I’m tweeting this and will share it on FB : @booksintheburbs.
Equilibrium sounds like a tough book but very interesting. Too many of us have been touched by suicide, coping is a difficult thing. Thanks for the giveaway.
I’ve tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/377857325354086400
Thank you all for your enthusiasm and helping to get the word out about Equilibrium.
Jessica M says
Great giveaway! I tweeted this and shared it on facebook.
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a very emotional story. I look forward to reading it.
This does sound like a good book club choice – and one I’m really sorry to have passed on. Think I’ll still have to pick it up. I’m with you; I like books that make me think “what would I do?”
Meghan Stith says
Thanks for the giveaway!
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/MeghanStith/status/378034226471243776
Lisa Garrett says
This sounds like a very thought provoking story.
Lisa Garrett says
Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.
Nancy Luebke says
I’d like to read how this family handle’s this. Thanks for the opportunity.
Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours says
I can see how book clubs would have a lot to discuss in this book!
Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.
KATHLEEN BIANCHI says
Suffering from Bi-Polar disorder myself, I know how devastating the disease can be. I hope in the book there is discussion of bringing Troy into seeing a therapist. One of Six people with the disorder try to kill themselves.
Sounds like a thought provoking book.
I tweeted.Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson & Giveaway (US/Canada)
Anita Yancey says
The book sounds like a good read, but also very sad. I really like the cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.
Anita Yancey says
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Good evening, !!
I have been following this book on the tour, and was curious if one of the hosts would offer a giveaway! 🙂 I always thought that it sounded like a book that knows how to strike the balance between the heavier subject matters that cross into the story and with the ability to show transitions and resolutions for the characters. I would be keen to read it in other words!
Thank you for this bookaway!
Count this as my entry!