The Unprotected

Finished The Unprotected by Kelly Sokol. I received a copy for review. 

Lara never wanted children…until she did. She conceived easily but lost the baby. That began four years of trying—tracking ovulation up through and including IVF. She and her husband FINALLY have a baby but now Lara may be suffering from post-partum depression. 

This has been compared to Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, and that is certainly apt. Both books lull you in; you know something bad will happen but you don’t know what or when. And you don’t know how bad it will be. 

It’s hard not to feel empathy for Lara, even as I also wanted to shake her and yell that she needs to TELL SOMEONE. We all know about postpartum now; it’s not a shameful secret. 

This book is intense but so good. Recommended. 

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