Note: The review is based on a pre-publication review copy, provided by the publisher as part of the Librarything Early Reviewers program.
Look At Me NNote: The review is based on a pre-publication review copy, provided by the publisher as part of the Librarything Early Reviewers program.
Look At Me Now tells the story of a woman in the act of leaving her husband of nearly 25 years, how she finds the strength to go, and what led her to leave in the first place. The narrative is diary-style, as Deirdre finds herself writing down her thoughts and reminiscences, and describing her actions in this most fraught time of her life. This is an effective device, though I did feel that it led to some distance between the reader and Deirdre, and perhaps some short-handing of events that could have been more fully described. For all the time that Deirdre spends describing her feelings, I never really felt the immediacy of her emotions due to the matter-of-fact way that she describes them. This isn’t necessarily a flaw, but overall I do prefer to empathise more readily with protagonists, even those who, like Deirdre, are not always easy to like.