When trust is violated, can it ever be recovered?
Alison Jacobs needs brain surgery and places ultimate trust in her sister's husband, Grant Kaplan, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and expert in treating her condition. But Grant is hiding a dark secret which threatens the outcome: an addiction to prescription pills. As Alison struggles to rebuild her life, Grant's daughter, Sadie, spends more time with a new friend. Frustrated that her parents exclude her from the conversations about her beloved aunt, Sadie makes increasingly risky choices which could endanger not only her, but her entire family.
Alison is also harboring her own secret-an extramarital affair with a woman. Her close call with mortality spurs her to take a closer look at her marriage, explore her newfound sexuality and figure out what she wants for her future. How will she rebuild her life and move forward? Can she find a way to repair her broken relationship with her only sister?
Secrets swirling around drug use and sexual identity must be dealt with in order for the family to learn to trust each other again.
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Heather Frimmer's second novel, Better to Trust, plunges readers into the lives of three connected characters: Alison, a woman dealing with a debilitating brain condition and questioning her sexuality, Grant, Alison's neurosurgeon, who is secretly addicted to prescription pills, and Sadie, Grant's troubled teenage daughter. I was immediately drawn in by Alison as she navigates her road to recovery after brain surgery. Each step in her struggle felt earned and real--I couldn't help but root for her. At the same time, she must face her crumbling marriage and grapple with her evolving sexual identity. Her story is further complicated by Grant's and Sadie's narratives, and the ways they intersect. Frimmer has written an emotional page-turner that fans of women's fiction will not be able to put down.