A Special Relationship
Overview - From the #1 internationally bestselling author of Five Days and The Blue Hour comes an unforgettable novel about a woman who seemingly has it all, until the man she trusted the most threatens to take it all away. About an hour after I met Tony Hobbs, he saved my life. Read more...
More About A Special Relationship by Douglas Kennedy
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of Five Days
and The Blue Hour
comes an unforgettable novel about a woman who seemingly has it all, until the man she trusted the most threatens to take it all away. About an hour after I met Tony Hobbs, he saved my life.
Thirty-seven-year-old American journalist Sally Goodchild quite literally married her hero. Both foreign correspondents, both on assignment in Cairo, they quickly fell in love and settled into domestic life in London. From the outset, Sally's relationship with both Tony and his hometown was an uneasy one--as she found both to be far more unfamiliar than imagined. But her adjustment problems are soon overshadowed by a troubled pregnancy. When she goes into premature labor, there are doubts whether her child will survive unscathed. And then, out of nowhere, Sally is hit by an appalling postpartum depression--a descent into a temporary, but very personal hell, which even sees her articulating a homicidal thought against her baby. However, when she does manage to extricate herself from this desperate state, she finds herself in a fresh new nightmare, as she discovers that the man she thought knew her better than anyone--loved her more than anyone--now considers her an unfit mother and wants to bar her from ever seeing her child again.
- ISBN-13: 9781439199138
- ISBN-10: 1439199132
- Publisher: Atria Books
- Publish Date: January 2011
- Page Count: 411
- Dimensions: 8.96 x 6.08 x 1.03 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.99 pounds
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When American journalist Sally Goodchild, the narrator of Kennedy's fast-paced latest (after Leaving the World), meets British reporter Tony Hobbs on a Red Cross helicopter over Somalia, the attraction is instant. The two reporters escape death at gunpoint, surviving to file their stories and begin a romance that results in Sally's unexpected pregnancy. Taking a leap of faith, the two decide to raise the baby in London, but health problems complicate the pregnancy, and Sally's soon unemployed. With less independence than ever, Tony acting increasingly distant, and the difficult birth of their son, Jack, Sally is struck with severe postpartum depression and enters a psychiatric ward. Soon after she leaves the hospital, however, she discovers that Tony has led a secret life that will have devastating repercussions. Though there's little room for nuance, the narrative has the momentum of a bullet train and makes up for what it lacks in sophistication with hard-charging emotional challenges fraught with tension. (Jan.)