Book review: Inside of Me
Irene Mabbott reviews a novel about a nurse who disappears, leaving his family behind.
Irene Mabbott reviews a novel about a nurse who disappears, leaving his family behind
Written by a nurse, this is an insightful novel that easily draws readers in.
Set in the present day, with lots of current references, each chapter is written from the perspective of one of three characters - Tonya, India and Chris.
Victor, a nurse, disappeared one day, leaving his wife Tonya and their daughter India. Since that time, India has grown up missing her father deeply and has developed anorexia. Her contact with health professionals is mercifully brief in the book, but the interactions are described well from the perspective of India and her mother.
The twist in the story makes the reader feel they are on a voyage, and the overarching theme – the coping strategies we use to get through difficulty – makes Inside of Me a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Hazel McHaffie | Velvet Ethics Press | 242pp | £7.99 | ISBN: 9780992623128
Reviewed by Irene Mabbott, practice development coordinator for evidence-based practice, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield