Pain Relief by Peri Berger is one of those books that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go – not for a long time after you’ve finished it. I was stunned by this one.
But – here’s the first shocker – it isn’t one of the kids.
Here’s the book’s cover blurb:
Happy marriage, great kids, devoted parents, a flourishing business — Hindy Fishman seems to have it all. No job seems too big for her to tackle, no goal too far to reach. How can a simple fall change all that? Could this really be happening to her? How could someone like her wind up in rehab?
Well. There are no trite answers here. Just like in real life, Hindy’s going to have to face what got her into this mess, and how her addiction has affected her family.
The author isn’t out to make us feel good, so there are no pat endings here. Sometimes, when we make mistakes, we cannot unmake them. We cannot take away the hurt we’ve inflicted on others, no matter how much we wish we could have a do-over. Sometimes, the best we can do is learn to live with the consequences of what we’ve done.
If that sounds depressing, it’s not – it’s just to say that this isn’t a sappy book that bends reality just to make its readers feel good. It’s a mature read that grows its characters and treats its readers with respect.
There is much here for adults, spouses, teenagers and parents to take away from this sobering and yet truly hopeful, loving novel.
It was my first introduction to Peri Berger, which is inexcusable, since this book is far from her first, and it was serialized in Hamodia, too. It took me a while to digest it, but as soon as I could stop thinking about Pain Relief for a few minutes, what did I do but go pick up another Peri Berger novel!
Published by Jerusalem Publications.
We received a review copy of this book.
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