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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  141 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The author of Without a Backward Glance asks: What does it take to be a good woman—and what does it take from you?

Susanna Greenfield has given her all to being a good daughter, sister, wife, and mother. Somehow, she's maintained her profession as a college art teacher, as well as rearing two headstrong teenagers and nurturing a twenty-year marriage to Gerry, a confident,
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Plume (first published 2010)
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I first discovered Trust while browsing at Barnes and Noble. When it was offered as a tour selection from Crazy Book Tours, I knew I had to sign up. I enjoy reading books that deal with family dynamics.

It took awhile for me to connect with the characters, including Susanna. The beginning chapters moved slowly for me and I became impatient as I waited for the event to occur. I must say, though, after finishing the book, I realized the initial slow pace is crucial to the storyline. It was much eas
Hmmm... 2.5 stars, bordering on 3. A bit hard to rate. This book follows the melodramatic life of an Australian family, the first half “before” the “tragic event” referred to on the back cover, the second half “after.” Initially it was a little challenging to get into some of the characters. The main protagonist, forty-something Susanna, is a bit of a wuss, no doubt by design. Her mom is interesting but the bible thumping, clueless sister is just plain irritating and everyone else is irritating ...more
I was not a big fan of the author's writing style in this book. I found this book to be a bit slow. It started off quite slowly for me but I read on wanting to get to know the characters. I was mostly bored for the first half and felt like I was waiting for the accident mentioned on the back of the book for the story to pick up. Up until that point I found it to be very predictable, not exciting. The second half of the book though did pick up I thought. There were a few more twists I didn't expe ...more
This book took a few chapters to finally engage with the characters in the book. Once I did, however, I found the women and the symbolism to be absolutely beautiful. The perfect family on the outside is never real. The family has its secrets, women have their guilt and insecurities, and the men in this novel, at least, are narcissistic. I would have liked to have seen them be more rounded and two or three dimensional. However, I can't say that I don't know Gerrys and Gabriels because I do.

The st
Jan 14, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Barnes and Noble
Susanna Greenfield has put her all into being a good daughter, wife and mother. She has maintained an important career as a college art professor, raised two beautiful headstrong teenagers, had a successful twenty year marriage to her handsome architect husband, Gerry, and was the eternal peace maker between her pretty younger sister, Angie - a born-again Christian and recovering junkie - and their headstrong mother, Jean.

As Susanna struggles to revive her creative career, a devastating accident
May 19, 2011 Pam rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one in particular
Didn't like this one as well as her first novel.
Takes place in Australia and the main character is Susanna who at some point realizes that although she enjoys being a wife and mother, she also wants to be an artist. She be me a teacher instead of realizing her desire to become a true artist.
The book is broken down into two parts - Before and After. The After part follows what happens after an accident changes everyone's life.
Wasn't too crazy about any of the characters and there were a lot of A
This book was so different from what I expected. I just thought it was going to be a quick, easy, light read. But it was not that enjoyable.

One person in the book, the younger sister, was a born-again Christian, with a young son, and that was fine, just didn't fit in with the rest of the book. You could be reading about how to live the right and proper life one moment, to the f*** word, explicit descriptions of sex, a young teenager viewing porn and dealing with his gay feelings, to the husband
This is a story of a middle aged woman coming to terms with the decisions she has made in her life about career and family. The characters here are great, and the core problem -- that she has failed to acknowledge the truth about herself and her family -- is interesting (if, perhaps, a little Lifetime movie-ish). But there's a plot twist in the middle of the book -- the "tragedy" mentioned on the book jacket - that is distracting and unbelievable.
This is the first book I've read from this author. It won't be the last. Very good story line and well written. Susanna's life is turned upside down after the accident and she struggles to get it back. But along comes a family secret that throws a monkey wrench into everything. I can't really say too much about this as it will give away the whole book. But if you get a chance to read this book, please do, I really enjoyed reading this book.
Hannah Baker
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Robin Nicholas
Quick read, interesting characters. At the beginning there was a chapter focusing on the younger sister that was VERY God-centric and I was worried that I had accidently picked up a "Christian" book (especially with the name Trust), but I was proven wrong soon after. There is a LOT going on in this book, which makes it a little different....but also unbelievable. Great airplane or beach read.
Lily Mulholland
Wow, what a fantastic book. I wasn't so sure coming up to the halfway mark, as I've never been a big fan of the omniscient 3rd person narrator, but the middle and second half of this book were stunning. It's been so unfashionable up until the past year or so to write suburban drama - particularly in Australia - but I thought Kate Veitch absolutely nailed it.
Tina Stiffe
More then just a chick lit it makes you think about how your attitudes effect more then yourself, how they impact on your closes relationships very good
Casey Starnes
Wasn't sure about it at first......and don't think the title matched the book.....but the story was good. Quite moved by the letter revealed toward the end of the book.
Helen Wood
A bit light weight - just about every cllched thing that could happen, did. And was clearly signposted beforehand. Disappointing after her first book
this book took a while for me to get into and also keep all of the characters/names straight. a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. not my favorite.
Dec 01, 2010 Kathy added it
Worst. book. ever. Unreadable; even un-skimmable. Will throw away, rather than passing on to some unsuspecting soul.
I quite enjoyed this book. It's not the most amazing I've ever read, but it was a great quick read :-)
Borrowed this on recommendation from the Edgeworth Library. Was told that I'd love it, and I did!
Jane O'keeffe
Family drama set in Melbourne. Good pacing, believable situation. I'd recommend it.
Elizabeth Brown
This was OK - pretty standard chick lit fare. Got this as a free ARC.
Finished it, but it is a bit of a melodramatic potboiler
Enjoyed it. Good story.
What a trainwreck!
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Kate Veitch's debut novel was published as LISTEN in Australia, and was a bestseller there and in Germany. In July '08 it was published in the US as WITHOUT A BACKWARD GLANCE. By December, the novel had sold close to 30,000 copies and been nominated as one of American Library Journal's BEST BOOKS OF 2008.

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