Title: In the Light of What We See
Author: Sarah Painter
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April 1st, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
Brighton, 1938: Grace Kemp is pushed away by the family she has shamed. Rejected and afraid, she begins a new life as a nurse. But danger stalks the hospital too, and she’ll need to be on her guard to avoid falling into familiar traps. And then there are the things she sees…Strange portents that have a way of becoming real.
Eighty years later, Mina Morgan is brought to the same hospital after a near-fatal car crash. She is in terrible pain but recalls nothing. She’s not even sure whom to trust. Mina too sees things that others cannot, but now, in hospital, her visions are clearer than ever…
Two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by a shared space and a common need to salvage their lives.
Firstly, I want to say that the writing style of this book is very entertaining and was the only thing – towards the end – that made me continue reading.
The individual stories of Grace and Mina were interesting to the point where I would be interested in two separate books about each person especially since the two stories never connected or intertwined in a way that was thoroughly explained or seemed relevant to the story. This made me a bit confused as to why this story had two different perspectives.
The confusion got swapped out for anger and annoyance though at the end of the book. Certain actions on Mina’s part, in the face of her abusive/possibly insane boyfriend, were made to seem as if his actions were justified simply because she didn’t report him or even attempt to call the police and have him arrested. Her implied “happily ever after” should not overshadow the trauma she endured. It was almost comparable to the bad main female character in a scary movie that does all of the wrong things while you sit in frustration.
Overall I give this book a 2.5 out of 5 stars.