Review: Saving Grace by Jane Green

saving-grace“Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.
Powerful and riveting, Jane Green’s Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.” – Publisher Summary

Grace and Ted Chapman have been married for over twenty years. On the outside they are the perfect couple. At home, however, Grace walks on eggshells every moment. After growing up with an abusive and mentally ill mother, Grace is well-versed in the daily routine of living with her verbally abusive husband, who is a highly respected novelist. When Ted’s assistant, Ellen, leaves her position due to family commitments, things begin to fall apart even more. Luckily, the couple soon runs into the perfect replacement at a local charity ball: Beth McCarthy. The mousy young woman seems to be a Godsend, filling Ellen’s shoes and then some, putting Grace and Ted’s lives back into perfect order.

Grace can’t help but feel a niggling doubt in the back of her mind, however, when she thinks about Beth. She has no reason to doubt her (at first) but there just seems to be something… amiss. Strange things begin happening in Grace’s home and her life, things that she soon attributes to Beth’s involvement. Ted brushes off Grace’s concerns and soon begins to view her as unstable, convincing her to see a psychiatrist, who immediately labels her with a serious diagnosis and puts her on heavy medication. As Grace’s condition deteriorates from bad to worse, she is hardly able to notice as her life is being taken over by the manipulative Beth, and as the gullible Ted is sucked into Beth’s web of deceit. Soon Grace is running for her life as she races to escape before Beth and Ted can have her committed to a psychiatric facility against her will. It is truly a race against time as Grace searches for a safe haven where she can recuperate and make sense of the events that have caused her life to fall apart.

Saving Grace by Jane Green is the story of a woman’s journey to seize her life back from those who have conspired to steal it – some intentionally, some not. Green takes on the highly charged subject of mental illness, misdiagnosis, and overmedicating that is seems to be so prevalent in today’s world. Saving Grace has a bit of an autobiographical aspect to it, as Green herself was not so long ago misdiagnosed and overmedicated by an overzealous doctor. You can view a video of her discussing her trials below:

Saving Grace: A Novel by Jane Green will be available for purchase at a bookseller near you on December 30, 2014!

2 stars

Source: St. Martin’s Press {via NetGalley}

 

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