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Accidents of Marriage explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the destruction left in the wake of spouse’s verbal fury. Ben never meant to hurt Maddy. He never imagined his recklessness would lead to tragedy.

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but n
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Atria Books
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Anne Martin I think their marriage is neither better nor worse than any other one. I believe the "idea" that Ben's anger is the only thing at fault is too easy an…moreI think their marriage is neither better nor worse than any other one. I believe the "idea" that Ben's anger is the only thing at fault is too easy and superficial. Their problem lies underneath.: as usual, they want to be the best, have the best life, friends, kids, etc,etc. She competes with her sister for everything, she nags Ben to be better. No one can cope with such a way of life. Her calling Ben was stupid and selfish, but goes with the way the lived. They are not an alpha couple, they are just normal people, driven in a race... for what?(less)
Pamela Browning Not anything like "Gone Girl", but it was good. Very sad, though.

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Elyse  Walters
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Books about marriage have been in my space recently. While I don't think any of the 'marriage-theme' books I've read --including Michelle Richmond's new novel,
"The Marriage Pact", will win Pulitzer Prize awards....I think there is a cautionary tale in both books. Both books are very different- yet both are thought provoking- questioning marriage situations--offering an important message.

I'll be honest here- marriage thoughts have been running through my mind lately.
If your daughter called you
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
One of my favourite books ever!

I simply cannot totally put into words here how spectacular this novel is. By far it is now my favourite reads without a doubt. It just blew me away. Sucked me in, tossed me around, had me feeling every emotion possible then spat me back out, reeling from the emotional journey and the intensity of the story. Absolutely astonishing novel. I kid you not.

What's the book about?

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell
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Crumb
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it


Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Print Hardcover

Usually when I read a book it is because of the reviews I see. Or because a friend recommended it. Or because it is a bestseller. Very rarely do I read a book solely because I want to and it looks good. This time I did and I am so happy that I did. This book was wonderful. It was a pageturner. I simply could not put it down.

Maddy is a social worker trying to hold it together for her three children. Why is she trying to hold it together? Her husband, B
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*TANYA*
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A temperamental read!!! I sympathized with the 3 main characters very much and yes I’m including the husband. I wanted unicorns and rainbows for this family, I really did, especially for the kiddos. But, unfortunately some situations cannot be ignored or redeemed.
leslie
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone thought their marriage was perfect. A social worker married to Ben, a high powered defence attorney. They have a wonderful daughter.
But Ben begins to lose his affable personality.
Slowly, things at home begin to change at home.
A wife, walking on eggshells. An atmosphere of fear. The subtle beginnings of abuse. This novel describes how much we don't know about a couple. Or if they even know each other.
The secrets kept may destroy them all!
A fascinating look at marriage, relationships, an
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Christine
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I won this novel in a Goodreads giveaway. I want to thank Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, for sending me a free print copy in exchange for an honest review.

I am normally a crime/mystery/thriller reader. I entered the giveaway for Accidents of Marriage as the book synopsis intrigued me. I was not disappointed. This story could be about your neighbors; this story could be about you and your family. In Accidents of Marriage, Ms. Meyers paints a strikingly realistic portrait of a fami
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Brenda
4.5s

Maddy had arrived home from work, stressed, tired and unable to think of anything worse than cooking dinner. She was contemplating popping one of her pills to relax herself, but knew she needed to have her wits about her for when Ben arrived home. She never knew what mood he would be in – whether she’d have to tiptoe around him, fearful of snapping that slender thread of anger, or perhaps he’d be happy, pleased to be home with his family.

Seven year old Caleb, nine year old Gracie and fourte
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Jill
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
So much for expectations: I expected Randy Susan Meyers’ latest book to be a run-of-the-bill novel about how an ordinary family is crippled by the father’s poor anger management control. In other words, a “lesson” book.

Yes, in the very loosest sense, that’s what Accidents of Marriage is about. But I’m pleased to say that it also includes the psychological acuity, beautifully-rendered insights and strong character development that causes it to soar to the top of its genre.

The characters are Maddy
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Deanna
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Highly recommended!!!
Judy D Collins
Randy Susan Myers’ ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE, a bittersweet account of a complex marriage relationship, derailed by dishonesty, emotional abuse, and rage—A tragedy forces one dysfunctional family to reexamine their lives, face their fears, and accept responsibility for their actions, before healing can begin.

The Illica Boston family is a ticking time bomb waiting to ignite. (A broken corporation, Illica Sucks, Inc). The pressure mounts daily and has built up with fifteen years of crap. Something ha
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Kristie
May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, first-reads
Very excited that I just won a copy of this book from Firstreads! Look forward to receiving it. :)

Update: I was so excited to win this and really wanted to love it. I just couldn't. It was a very real story with miserable characters. I couldn't stay engaged or care about the characters throughout. Just not for me.
Marti
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers.

I am still reeling after finishing this novel called Accidents of Marriage. My heart is aching for the family torn and shredded. I read the book today. Yup – beginning to end. I couldn’t seem to stop myself from reading it. The anguish and pain of the main characters as evidenced by their separate chapters describing differing scenes in the book resonated with me.

Ben, Maddy and their three children live in Boston. They are both professional people wit
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Jennifer
Accidents of Marriage is a standalone novel written by author Randy Susan Meyers. This is not a happy book - it's sad and much too real - but it serves as an important reminder that our behavior has consequences not only for ourselves but for others. Accidents of Marriage is a snapshot from a family's life, and it effectively shows how the male lead: Ben's mood instability and verbal impulsivity negatively affects his wife and children. Frankly, we're talking about emotional and verbal aggressio ...more
Kate Hilton
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I greatly admired Accidents of Marriage. This is a portrait of an abusive marriage, but not the kind we are used to seeing in fiction.

Maddy and Ben's marriage is minefield of emotional, rather than physical abuse, but the effects are every bit as catastrophic. Maddy and Ben have three children and two busy careers between them. Yet it is Maddy who is racing to drop off and pick up children, to deal with medical emergencies, to organize dinners and laundry, to reschedule her own work commitments
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Melanie Coombes
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I just finished Accidents of Marriage. I gave it three stars because "I liked it" but I did not really love it. This was a story that was both sad and lightly touched on emotional abuse.
Maddy is a working mom of 3 children. Her husband Ben struggles with controlling his anger and lashes out and yells quite a bit. Then one day, while Ben is driving with Maddy as the passenger, he gets road rage and has an accident that leaves Maddy with a brain injury.
The story is then focused on the family and
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Robin Black
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this book, pre-release. It has Meyers's trademark intelligent and insightful observations, all wrapped around an amazing compelling plot. What she doesn't know about marriage and family isn't worth knowing - she really understands not only the human heart, but also human psychology - and the pages turn themselves. This is for anyone who loves a good story and wants to really have a chance to ponder what goes in on families and between people who love one another and so ...more
Myrna
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Accidents of Marriage gives us a look at the devastating effects of uncontrolled anger in a marriage. If you are looking for a happy, feel good story, this is not it. It is a well researched novel with echoes of Hannah’s and Gudenkauf’s novels. Not a bad book...just was not a fan of either of the main characters. Check this book out if you like character driven, unpredictable dramas with different POVS

Favorite quote: "Love isn't an excuse for anything but treating someone well."
Rhonda Lomazow
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Naia
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This was only so-so for me. It started out strong, but I began to lose patience with all of the characters--even the ones I was probably meant to sympathize with. This is a very character driven story and unfortunately, I was bored and frustrated by all of the characters.
Pam Jenoff
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Meyers' books always tackle difficult subjects head-on but with great heart and here she is at her best. A moving and important story about the effects that unchecked rage can have on a family.
Anna
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben and Maddy have a complicated relationship. Ben, an accomplished lawyer, is an angry, selfish man. Maddy, a social worker, placates Ben and is the caretaker of their family. While Ben had never physically abused Maddy or the children, they each have developed measures to sooth Ben's temper. Ben and Maddy love each other, but there are fissures and cracks beginning to split them apart. Things come to a head when Ben's anger leads to a tragic accident, causing Maddy to suffer a severe brain inj ...more
Brian
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I started out with high hopes for this novel. The premise was about a woman and her husband who was abusive, who puts her into a coma. I figured it would be dramatic and suspenseful. Instead we were treated with cookie cutter characters and a very slow moving plot. I didn't really like any of the characters at all. If the book is going to promise an abusive character, I want one who will be mean and memorable. This guy was just a jerk and was boring as well. I've read other books by this author ...more
debra
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed listening to this novel, and liked so much of what Maddy had to say and how she said it.
Susan Becraft
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a realistic story that it could be my own.

All three of Randy Susan Meyers' books were riveting to me, but Accidents of Marriage was like reading my biography. In my case, there was no horrific car accident that acted like a catalyst in this story, but how I related to Emma as I grew up with a father like Ben and to Maddy as a wife to my first husband was eerie.

As the eldest daughter of a successful man, I could do nothing right. Like Emma, I never knew what would set my father off, but he c
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Heather
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! This book totally sucked me in. Ben and Maddy are a busy couple with three busy kids. Ben has anger management issues which eventually cause a tragedy that injures Maddy and the family slowly deals with the aftermath. I felt so many emotions for this family and so badly wanted things to work out for them. Ben made me so angry I had to stop reading and rant to my husband about him but at the same time I really wanted him to be a better person. Maddy and the kids - I just wante ...more
Carol
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Cliché characters, cliché writing. Sweet put-upon wife with belligerent husband before accident, then somehow they just switched roles after the accident? Hardly believable. Husband's father a total ass. Wife's sister just ignorant. Whenever their daughter came onto the scene, I just wanted to lock the brat into her room for the duration. Hard to finish this self-indulgent novel.
Sonja Yoerg
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the best book I've read all year. Credible, elegant, deeply moving.
Diane S ☔
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review to follow.
Lynn
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, recommend
4.5 stars
This is a well written book about a marriage that is irrevocably fractured, yet the couple still loves each other.

Maddy is a social worker, Ben is a public defender. They have 3 wonderful children. But Ben has anger management issues that are just shy of abusive. Maddy has been dealing with him and his explosive moods throughout their marriage and she is just barely coping, relying on pills to help her through the day. This all comes to a head after Ben and Maddy are involved in a hor
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Nancy
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book resonated for me for an entirely different reason than the description predicted. I watched a piece of my life being told through this book but not the one the message portrays. Maddy is a social worker who suffers a debilitating traumatic brain injury. Without revealing too much about her injury, she struggles initially with speech and emotional regulation. This is not necessarily the worst of her symptoms but those skills are paramount to a social worker. In layman's terms, the story ...more
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Randy Susan Meyers' internationally bestselling novels are informed by years working with families impacted by family violence— and a long journey from idolizing bad boys to loving a good man.

After years working in social service and criminal justice, Meyers published her first novel, The Murderer’s Daughters—a story of the aftermath of domestic violence—a Target Pick for the country. Her novels h
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