Review: The Last Merry Go Round

The Last Merry Go Round


Author: C.L. Charlesworth
Mirador Publishing
ISBN #978-1-913264-23-9

Diane Fletcher has a lot of issues. Married right out of high school, into a family of great wealth, she loves her husband and her daughters. She is also afraid every minute of her life. She relies on alcohol, sedatives, and a psychiatrist that may or may not be helping her. Richard, her husband, has his own coping mechanisms.

There is more than one secret in this family, and those secrets in end will make them or break them. Does Diane have the courage of her convictions? What about Helen, her mother-in-law? What secrets does she hold? What about Diane’s daughters, and the secrets that tear them apart, moment by moment?

What is real, and what is fiction? When is it best not to keep a secret? Is there ever a “happily ever after”? This book is not for the faint hearted. It is open to the point of abrasiveness in tearing back the façade shown to society, and letting the real “self” of Diane and her family show. It is in many ways a difficult read because of the raw, emotional content.

I have one quibble with this book, and it is essentially a minor one. It is not divided into chapters, but into beginning, middle, and end. This makes it difficult to find a natural stopping point in reading.

The plot flows well – not predictable, but with many twists and turns. The characters are well developed, and fit well together. Most of the  story is believable, but there are parts that simply are not. This is not a book that is gentle in any way, shape, or form. It is something that you may have to read a bit of, put down, and come back to it later. It is all about life’s lessons, and how to deal with them.

© November 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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