The Almost Moon

Last weekend I finished listening to the audiobook The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. I downloaded the book based on its reviews and because I liked the title, I read the content description later and was a bit hesitant since the main character kills her aging mother.

I expected that the story to unfold in such a way as to justify or rationalize the killing but it doesn’t. What does unfold is a family history of mental illness and the reader is left to conclude that the main character, Helen must share a streak of insanity with her mother.

Unfortunately, the book didn’t add up to the star rating that prompted me to download it. The aspect I found most interesting was the question as to whether or not Helen’s instability stemmed from her environment, genetics or both, while the book raised questions as to the root, it really did nothing to answer it.



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