Michelle Sacks’ novel You Were Made For This is a chilling debut that portrays the dangers of lies and isolation. Sam has the intent of escaping life from New York — he moves his wife Merry to a secluded house in Sweden, where they’re raising their baby son Conor and have almost no friends. Sam believes that Merry’s role in their marriage is to be a homemaker, and whilst she plays the role of the doting housewife, he's having an affair. Just when Merry is feeling overwhelmed and on the verge of a breakdown, her oldest friend Frank shows up.
The book features three different connected perspectives — Sam, Merry and Frank — and the writing style is presented as a stream of thoughts. There’s a degree of memory bias to each of the perspectives, with each character only telling the story as they see it, which can be a distorted view of reality. It’s difficult to feel empathetic towards any of the three characters as the story progresses. Each of three characters is enwrapped in a web of lies. I would go as far as saying that none of the characters a likeable, and it works. The connection between the three of them is venomous. Not only do their lies destroy each other, but they’re causing harm to themselves.
The novel deals with a large scope of issues and I didn’t expect it to be as complex as it was. Some of these topical points include abuse, postnatal depression, isolation and toxic relationships.
Initially, I struggled with the book’s writing style as the sentences are sharp and short. After becoming accustomed to it, I thought it was an insightful way to present the inner thoughts of these intricate characters. The shorter the sentence, the more frantic of a situation they’re in. The writing style is also an accurate representation of how thoughts actually present themselves. When you’re in a stream of your own thoughts, long sentences don’t appear in your mind.
The book highlights a large scope of issues which cause moments of reflection for the reader. If you’re searching for a thriller that exposes the harmful nature of lies, then You Were Made For This is the perfect read for you.
Release date: June 18th 2018 by HQ Stories
(I received a review copy of this book from HQ/Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review)