Paige Lyman, an accomplished psychiatrist, feels dislocated when her husband suddenly dies in a helicopter crash and she discovers the startling truth about who he really was. The revelation destroys all her certainties and transforms her from psychiatrist to patient. Paige tells us about her life, in long flashbacks, starting with her atypical childhood in East Africa with Bill, the young Irish boy who stole her heart, and then abandoned her for priesthood. As a heartbroken teenager, Paige is seized by an implacable passion. She seeks her proverbial pound of flesh in the beds of various priests in an orchestrated attempt to get back at priesthood for robbing her of the only man she ever loved.
Everything changes when she meets Stern W., a medical researcher, who sweeps into her life like a hurricane and marries her. Yet now, as ugly skeletons, long forgotten in the closet, begin to rear their heads, Paige is seared by a damning awareness that she had indeed had what she yearned for all her life without realizing it ... but it is too late to come to terms with the heart-wrenching things she did for a reason that no longer existed.
This read shocked me over and over with Paige's actions but despite those, still I didn't hate her tho I loathed those priests: father Ted who invited Paige for an excursion, father Cochran with the elegant villa where he and Paige stayed for the summer, and father Fitzgerald who stole money from the church to finance Paige's lifestyle and their trips.
A story of love, heartbreak, pain, revenge, sex, lust, marriage, betrayal and forgiveness..... A story of Paige's flashbacks of the Irish boy who abandoned her for priesthood, the day she discovered sex with a stranger, her troubled adolescent life, her confidence and power in seducing priests, her new found love, her cracked married life, her punishment for her husband, her sexual adventure with her professor, the forgiveness for her husband's betrayal and the shocking revelation after her husband's death.....
Paige's life indeed was like a one hell of a roller coaster ride... A disturbing but well-written read. A highly recommended in your TBR list that will rattle your mind.
*Note: Contains sexual scenes. Not intended for young readers.
Rating: 5 stars
About the Author:
Augustine Sam is a bi-lingual journalist and an award-winning poet. A member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists, he was formerly Special Desk editor at THISDAY newspapers, an authoritative third world daily, first published in collaboration with the Financial Times of London. He later became correspondent for central Europe.
His poems have been published in two international anthologies: The Sounds of Silence & Measures of the Heart. One of his poems: Anguish & Passion was the winner of the Editor's Choice Awards in the North America Open Poetry contest, USA.
The Bookish Ailurophile
Shin is a 27-year-old bookworm who loves books that give her adrenaline rush and makes her feel the characters' emotions. When she's not reading, she's either spending her time listening to oldies music while making some crafty stuffs made out of old book pages, or spending her time reading books with children at an orphanage.