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.
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Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.