The story is told both through Tessa's viewpoint and that of her therapist, Celia, who has her own family troubles: an alcoholic ex, a teenage son acting out and crying for help, a rocky new marriage and a tragedy from the past that she has yet to overcome.
Part of me drew a parallel between this novel and A. M. Holme's In a Country of Mothers because of the dual perspectives, one of which is a therapist in both novels. The books deal with wildly diverging issues and yet they are both about motherhood and loss. And both involve shifting lens and the inside view of therapy, thus my connection.
In the end, there is a big surprise and the end is somewhat unsettling but overall it was an engaging read.