Listen to Me
Mark and Maggie's annual drive east to visit family has gotten off to a rocky start. By the time they're on the road, it's late, a storm is brewing, and they are no longer speaking to one another. Adding to the stress, Maggie — recently mugged at gunpoint — is lately not herself, and Mark is at a loss abou ...more
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road trips would probably be one of the correct answers to the family feud prompt: "name something that can cause strain in a relationship." and if the couple in question is a ...more
Whoever would think that a long-distance car trip with an unbalanced wife, an emotionally removed husband, and a neurotic dog that can't seem to do his business, would be a good idea? Oh, and there's a powerful tri-state tornadic storm in the brew.
Mark and Maggie have reached an impass in their marriage. They can't seem to recognize and to acknowledge the pain and ...more
When the police come to ...more
(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley. This review contains clearly marked spoilers.)
Mark and Maggie's annual drive east to visit family has gotten off to a rocky start. By the time they're on the road, it's late, a storm is brewing, and they are no longer speaking to one another. Adding to the stress, Maggie — recently mugged at gunpoint — is lately not herself, and Mark is at a loss about what to make of the stranger he call ...more
The promotional blurb says "Maggie's paranoia reac ...more
Mark and Maggie are a married couple taking a road trip from their home in Chicago to Mark's parents' farm in Virginia. It's a trip that should take about a day, but a line of tornadoes stretching acros ...more
That simple sentence is a set-up of many novels but in Hannah Pittard’s capable hands, it’s just the beginning. The entirety of this taut book focuses on a marriage – that of Maggie, who is suffering from PTSD as a result of a physical assault and her husband Mark, who, despite himself, is losing respect for her inability to solider through.
Mark is on the cusp of an affair; Maggie is having trouble functioning. Together, they take off from Chicago with their trusty ...more
I don't think I "got" out of this story what I was supposed to "get" by the "twist" ending, which was ineffective because I'm not sure what exactly ...more
Anxiety, fear, hatred, anger, love and sustainability are themes in the book, yet the bottom line is a beautifully written, deeply movi ...more
Sure, there's quite a bit of tension. Maggie, the wife, was violently mugged ...more
It was a childish habit - checking under all the doors in a public washroom to make sure someone wasn't lurking - because what would Maggie do if she actually found someone? Scream? Fight back? Wilt? Yet she could never resist the urge.
In this particular bathroom, Maggie discovered only one pair of feet. They were
Despite being wrapped in a thin layer, Listen to Me is heavier ...more
the basic premise is that mark and maggie, a husband and wife are driving east to stay with mark's parents on their farm for a few months. maggie had recently been through a traumatic experience, causing her to become increasingly paranoid and distrustful of others. mark thinks that some time on the farm will help her to relax and begin to recover a bit.
the entirety of the story takes place on the actual journey to this farm. it's a long r ...more
Neither of the main characters, married couple Maggie & Mark, are particularly likable. Gerome, their dog and travel companion is the only character I actually cared about. The entire book is basically them on a long car ride, during a storm, and the bickering between them ...more
and hand, that you will keep me safe with all your heart.
- Homer, The Iliad
Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard is a highly recommended modern gothic thriller.
Mark and Maggie are a forty-something-year-old couple who are going through a rough time in their relationship. The trouble started after Maggie, a veterinarian, was violently mugged. The aftermath left Maggie with an overwhelming fear, PTSD. She is scared of the evil and violence that can s ...more
“Listen to Me” is about Mark and Maggie’s marriage, and as anyone who has been there knows, a road-trip can be a stressful situation even when everyt ...more
This taut little domestic novel about a middle-aged couple on a road trip is so ominous and disquieting that it almost reads like a horror story or a psychological thriller.
Tensions are especially high between Maggie and Mark as they set out for his parent’s house several states away. Months after being viole ...more
While reading this book and noting the increasingly misanthropic musings of Mark and Maggie, our white, professional, liberal protagonists, I recalled a certain "creative" translation of a line from the Dhammapada: “We are what ...more
Pritchard has crafted her novel originally, given each of these people an interior life that does not become apparent to the the other. The reader is jolted from time to time by observations by an omniscient narrator, situating these characters in relation to the earth and the cosmos, reminding us of the relative insignificance of two humans to the ov ...more