Author: Rosalind Noonan
Book Name: All She Ever Wanted
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Blurb: For years, Chelsea Maynard has longed to be a mother. She’s imagined caring for a new baby in the lovely house she shares with her husband, Leo, fondly planning every detail. But after a difficult birth, those dreams of blissful bonding evaporate. Chelsea battles sleep deprivation and feelings of isolation. Little Annabelle cries constantly, and Chelsea has dark visions fueled by exhaustion and self-doubt. Her sister, Emma, insists she gets help for post-partum depression, but Chelsea’s doctor dismisses her worries as self-indulgent.
Doubting her ability to parent–even doubting her own sanity–Chelsea is close to collapse. Then an unthinkable crisis hits. And suddenly, Chelsea is compelled to face both the fragility and resilience of life, and the extraordinary depths of love.
Review: I’m still puzzling out how this one ended up on my to be read list as it doesn’t fit the genres I usually look into when looking for new reading material. Because it doesn’t fit my normal choice of reading, I’m probably not the best to review this as it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I really didn’t connect with any of the characters in this book. There was a whole lot of jumping around from perspective to perspective, even going to the baby’s perspective at one point (she is 4 months old, there isn’t much perspective to be had with that), that you didn’t get enough time with any one character to be able to really get to know them, let alone empathize with them.
It was also really difficult to get into this as the book wasn’t even sure what kind of book it wanted to be. Was it supposed to be about a woman suffering from postpartum depression? Was it supposed to be about a family going through that and the possibility and fallout of a kidnapping or even the mother killing her child? Or was this a crime drama? The focus was in one place, solidly, then it moved on to another place, again solidly, with very little to no back focus on the previous place. It was difficult to determine what the actual intent of the book was, even by the end.
This was an okay read with a decent story but it just didn’t really feel cohesive or emotional and a story about postpartum depression or child abduction should be a whole lot more emotional that what I got out of this.