Book Review | Remedies
Author: Kate Ledger
Dr. Simon Bear is on the verge of an extraordinary discovery that might be a great breakthrough in pain research. While he attends to the pain of his patients, he is oblivious to the pain of those who should matter most to him: his wife, Emily, and his daughter, Jamie. Unhappy in her marriage to Simon, Emily has sought comfort in the arms of an old lover and is considering leaving Simon. Angry at her parents for ignoring her, Jamie is acting out and rebelling. All the while, Simon’s research still comes first.
When his experiments threaten the integrity of his practice, Simon must choose what is the most important thing in his life: medicine or his wife and only child.
Kate Ledger’s characters are so real, full of pain, and delightfully flawed. I didn’t much care for Emily, but I could understand why she made the choices that she did with her lover Will, and I felt sympathy for her when things with her marriage and the new life she’d planned out for herself did not pan out. She was completely unlikeable at the beginning of the book, but she grew as a character as she experienced some hard lessons. I never sympathized for Simon because he was fully aware that he had screwed up with his family, but did nothing to try and fix it. At the end of the novel, I was really frustrated with him and kept thinking he got everything that he deserved. I would have liked to have gotten to know more about Jamie, but readers never see her point of view; what we know of her we learn through her parents’ thoughts.
Ledger has a lovely writing style, and I’ll be watching for more from her. As much as I liked her writing, the book was a bit of a chore to read and took me much longer to get through than I’d hoped. I wished the ending had been different, and felt that it never reached any true resolution. I think she could have concluded it more satisfactorily with another direction.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*