My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What an extraordinary read his turned out to be. I don’t think I have given such deep thought to the plight of addicts, well, maybe in general terms but not too deeply about the effects that such addiction can bring to the family and the degrading thoughts that an abuser themselves feel.
Before I let You Go is a heartbreaking and touching tale of 2 sisters one a drug addict and the other a helpless observer. The society as such looks down on addicts but the mentality becomes worse when the addict is pregnant and becomes dependent on the drugs for sanity but still loving the unborn child. Kelly Rimmer has captured the emotions of the the sibling bond so lovingly that one can’t help but feel an ache for both Lexie and Annie.
The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.
As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?
Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.
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