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A Special Relationship

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,891 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
Sally Goodchild is everything you'd expect of a thirty-seven year old American journalist - independent, strong-willed and ambitious. That is until she meets Tony Hobbs, an English foreign correspondent, on assignment in Cairo. After a passionate but uneasy romance, Sally's life is turned upside down when she unexpectedly finds herself married, pregnant and living in Londo ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 5th 2004 by Arrow (first published 2003)
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Ceri Chamberlain
Jul 29, 2008 Ceri Chamberlain rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: non Brits
A really gripping tale well told, but what a hatchet job on us Brits! Made me feel seriously nauseous in its relentless condemnation of anything from this side of the pond. Nothing escaped the somewhat single-minded assassination: The NHS, the legal system, the weather, London, the very nature of the entire English population (apparently), corner shop owners, transport, cost of living, pre-natal care, post-natal care, English b@stard journalist men, posh English bitchy lawyers, drivers, old peop ...more
Jan 09, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing
Douglas Kennedy is one of my favorite authors - I will read anything he writes. Sometimes when you have a favorite author, you run the risk they will write subject matter that is a little too close to home. This was one of those books for me. Loved it, devoured it, but had to put it down occasionally to catch my breath.

Sally is a journalist based in Cairo, meets and falls in love with and English foreign correspondent. They get pregnant, get married, then things start to go wrong.

Kennedy has a w
May 09, 2010 Sandra rated it did not like it
gave up around page 180, then skim-read a chapter further along and then skipped to the very last chapter alltogether because I couldn't stand it anymore to read about the post-natal depression and the stupid British/American comparisons. But I needed to know that the baby was ok that'S why I read the last chapter
Micael Costa
Feb 27, 2016 Micael Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um livro totalmente diferente do que costumo ler...
Gostei bastante, chega-se a uma fase do livro que não se consegue parar até terminar.
Mas talvez também tenha gostado tanto por ser a primeira vez que li algo deste género com já referi.

Recomendo :)
Nina Draganova
Feb 20, 2016 Nina Draganova rated it it was amazing
Аз, Нина Драганова официално съм пристрастена към книгите на Дъглас Кенеди :)
И тази , както и останалите , които прочетох , ме накара да не спя и да не спра да чета , докато не я завърших.
Започва по-скоро като любовен роман,чак ме изненада, за да премине към доста тежка психологическа драма.
Съпреживях всяка една ужасяващо тежка минута с главната героиня. Толкова майсторски е описал какво чувства една бременна жена, след това минаването й през тежко раждане и последвалата следродилна депресия,

O início custou-me um bocado, mas a partir da página 220 a história começa a melhorar.
Jun 21, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Douglas Kennedy is one of my new favorite authors. I read two of his books in less than a week (this novel and LEAVING THE WORLD). His novels appear to deal with very serious subject matter (suicide, guilt, post-partum depression...) while still managing to be very intelligent page-turners. The novels I've read thus far were written in a female voice; Kennedy is superb at this.

This novel is about Sally Goodchild, an American foreign journalist, and Tony Hobbs, a British journalist, who meet whi
Paul Servini
Oct 30, 2011 Paul Servini rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This novel drew me in. It took a while to do so but once we got to the major turning point I was hooked. I particularly loved the narrating voice. For a man to get into the voice of a woman like this is a remarkable fit. It truly convinced me. True, you could always see the ending coming, but that didn't deteriorate, for me at least, the path there. And I must put in a special mention for that wonderfully drawn solicitor. Solicitous and determined, yet socially inept, he's marvellously drawn. A ...more
Babs Green
Nov 30, 2011 Babs Green rated it really liked it
A Special Relationship Is a riveting read. Douglas Kennedy captures the voice of Sally Goodchild the American journalist perfectly. She irritates and engages in equal measure but when her fairy tale turns into a nightmare, if you're like me, you'll be on her side. This book is a real page turner. The writing is a joy and he manages to capture the essence of a woman in throws of post natal depression. I highly recommend this book but be warned it's hard to put down once you've started to read.
Jun 28, 2011 Zoietisha rated it it was amazing

Heart-breaking. Heart-wrenching. At some point, I can't help but feel the pain of anger. This book without noticing can completely wrap your feelings to understanding and pain. Two things that are hard to handle both at the same time. A page-turner. It made me feel victorious in the end though the journey beforehand is excruciating. I love this book. I love Douglas Kennedy. I love his brilliant mind.
Audrey ❦❦❦
Mar 18, 2012 Audrey ❦❦❦ rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this novel. Alas, some male authors should not write from the female point of view because they are entirely unconvincing. Douglas Kennedy is one of these authors. He has no clue what it is like to give birth or breastfeed a baby, and is sadly comical in his efforts to describe it. Waste of paper. Waste of my time.
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
3.5 stars

A Special Relationship started out as a romance, but then it became much more about difficult relationship, betrayal, loneliness and despair... Full review to come soon - for this one, I'll do a guest review at Between Dreams and Reality
Amber Myott
May 28, 2016 Amber Myott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realise this book would focus so much on child birth and post natal depression (Yet another read where the blurb did not indicate this ) . Also the whole Brits versus the Americans in terms of emotions got boring. I'm really surprised Douglas Kennedy chose to right about post natal depression from a female perspective ..... While some descriptions where accurate his voice as a first time mum recovery from an emergency Caesarian and severe post natal depression was not authentic ( having ...more
Jacqueline Wagenstein
Това несъмнено е една от най-завладяващите и правдиви истории на Дъглас Кенеди. Именно за „Специални връзки“ Сара Сандс от „Дейли Телеграф“ пише: „Трудно ми е да се сетя за по-обсебващ роман“. Колкото до Сали Гудчайлд, главната героиня на този разказ, тя е всичко, което бихте очаквали от една 37-годишна американска журналистка – незaвисима, амбициозна и волева. До момента, в който не среща Тони Хобс, английски кореспондент на работа в Кайро. От тяхната страстна, смущаваща авантюра Сали излиза ом ...more
Eileen Horgan
Aug 06, 2015 Eileen Horgan rated it did not like it
This novel is so stupid in places I would have laughed except for the tremendously blatant racism towards anyone who wasn't American. I definitely will never read another book penned by this Author. This fabricated tale is interspersed with an appallingly huge number of medical inaccuracies which I'll touch on.
American reporter meets male English reporter in Cairo, threatened at gun point by a teenage rebel, male 'overpowers' him, girl falls in love, gets pregnant, they marry in haste, move to
Brianna Mulligan
Jun 15, 2011 Brianna Mulligan rated it did not like it
I just finished Douglas Kennedy’s A Special Relationship, the second book of my dedication to summer reading. The cover is deceptive, and with no description on the back flap, I went into this intense and desperately unhappy novel blind. Thinking I was in for a quick beach read about love, the story instead followed the inner workings of a postpartum depression-haunted woman and a traumatizing divorce. This book was a combination of Jodi Picoult’s Keeping Faith and Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Ke ...more
Aug 19, 2008 Susan rated it did not like it
Recommended to Susan by: Book Club
Not only is this book not a good one to read while pregnant (or even with a new baby), but it doesn't offer anything to discuss. Except, perhaps, why Kennedy thinks he does such a good job at writing from a woman's perspective... A woman in my Book Club commented that it makes her think of what Jack Nicholson says in "As Good As it Gets" in response to Helen Hunt's question about writing from a woman's perspective. He replies: I think of a man and take away reason and accountability.

There is no
Judith Phillips
Jul 15, 2007 Judith Phillips rated it it was amazing
It's like reading a living nightmare. American journalist meets British journalist and have whirlwind relatioinship. She becomes pregnant, they get married and things deteriorate very quickly from there. He is a rotten scumbag, she does nit understand his Englishness and can't communicate with him or anyone English for that matter. She gets pre eclampsia and has the baby prematurely, and is then hospitalised with post natal depression and just when you think the story can't get any worse, it doe ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
This is a really good book.....I just wish he would have come up with a better title. You would think this is going to be a romance....IT"S is a riveting book about trust, betrayal, post partum depression, fighting for what belongs to you and fighting for what is right.

It may start a little slow (that happens with so many books I've read lately) but WOW just hang on and keep reading and you will get a shock in short order!

A really good author, I have read him before and knew I wouldn
Sarah Leech
Aug 20, 2013 Sarah Leech rated it it was amazing
just finished this book and was amazed with the detail and character built by a male author dealing with such female issues, very frank and very well written. The mix of British and American view points related well to the atmosphere of the book, shows there are other options to using the weather as a frame, I thought this worked well within the context of the novel and was well constructed as a theme. A satisfying read throughout and as a courtroom drama fan I enjoyed this book immensely in its ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I was very scared for the character and what she was going through. As a mother I hated to see her treated the way she was. I couldn't wait to find out what happens. As with Douglas Kennedy's books I wasn't disappointed in it. I love them and I get so involved with them. This was a nail biter at the end and I couldn't wait to find out what happens. The thread in his books is depression, Bad men who leave their women, journalists and women who overcome terribe odds and come out ...more
Jul 15, 2009 Maegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who isn't pregnant
I borrowed this book from my sister-in-law. I am glad I didn't read it when I was in the throes of post-partum depression! It's amazing to me that a man wrote this book, he nailed so many of the feelings of a woman going through post-partum. I don't want to ruin this book for anyone, but I would absolutely recommend it!
Klaudyna Z.
Oct 29, 2014 Klaudyna Z. rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent. I didn't expect it to be such an emotional rollercoaster. I obviously read the excerpt and was surprised to find that things happened so quickly in the first couple chapters and was wondering what the rest of the book would really be about. I was shocked when I read about what Tony had done when Sally got back from the funeral. As I continued to read, I was shocked at how well Sally had handled it and kept wondering what I would do if I had been in the position. Her posi ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Doroti rated it it was amazing
Това беше първата книга на този автор, която прочетох, и някакси остана най-силно в съзнанието ми.Умението му да пресъздава съвсем обикновени, чисто човешки, донякъде ежедневни истории, е уникално. И специално тук сякаш наистина е написана от женската гледна точка и пречупена през усещанията на една майка.
Alain Pirlot
Oct 07, 2011 Alain Pirlot rated it really liked it
I do actually read it in French, so surely missing something.
It is well written, and as usual with Douglas Kennedy so close to reality.
The story is hard, what is happening to the newly Mother is a tragedy...
At the middle of the book.
Aug 28, 2010 Kristy rated it really liked it
Another great book. And again, another not happy topic. The character spirals downward after having a baby, but it is so neat to read how she recovers and picks up the pieces and fights for what she wants in life. So well written
Tracey Tester
Feb 14, 2009 Tracey Tester rated it it was amazing
A very good - if slightly uncomfortable in places - read. Whirlwind relationship, pregnancy, post-natal depression and betrayal all in one book. Another book I found very hard to put down.
Jul 11, 2009 Rebelrebel rated it really liked it
Douglas Kennedy is quite credible writing as a woman... the story offers nice little insights into Brit-American socio-cultural differences and some neat psychological twists and turns.
Frannie Tennant
Mar 27, 2015 Frannie Tennant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, on holiday staying at my brother's empty house a little lonely, silence to loud rummage through his book shelf to find this book. I have not read a book book I am ashamed to say for years what with kindle and lack of time and concentration. So I picked it up thinking oh well lets see where we go with the end of the book I was riverted and couldn't put it down. Such a clever plot and would never have thought that that was the way it was going. It was so obviously writt ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Maryse rated it it was amazing
I took it on holiday to Spain and couldn't put it down. A special insight into post-natal depression but it is still a book of hope.
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Douglas Kennedy was born in Manhattan in 1955. He studied at Bowdoin College, Maine and Trinity College, Dublin, returning to Dublin in 1977 with just a trenchcoat, backpack and $300. He co-founded a theatre company and sold his first play, Shakespeare on Five Dollars a Day, to Radio 4 in 1980. In 1988 he moved to London and published a travel book, Beyond the Pyramids. His debut novel The Dead He ...more
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