Listen To Me by Hannah Pittard (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Raincoast Books, $36.50) is aptly named as it seems like Mark, one of the two main characters in this book about a couple trying to move forward after the wife, Maggie, is robbed at gunpoint not far from their home, seems not to be listening to what his wife needs.

Not that I can completely blame Mark; I can certainly empathize with his character – after nine months of being patient, of trying to give a person what they need, there comes a time when you have given all you can, and you want things to go back to the way they were before. I truly get it. But I also feel that Mark fails to understand that for a person who has seen violence, nine months is not a lot of time to “get over it”, and things may never be the way they were before; some people never recover from traumatic experiences.

I finished Listen to Me in a couple of hours. Both Mark and Maggie felt real characters, dealing with real situations and coming from interesting places and, hopefully, finding their way.

Note: Listen To Me was provided by Raincoast Books, but the opinion, as always, is mine.

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