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I usually don't like super-realistic novels at all. I'm not really sure why I ordered Heat and Light, to be honest -- it is not my type of thing and the description didn't really appeal to me, but it has SUCH a high rating on Goodreads that I felt like I had to try it. And I'm loving it so far! I have about 100 pages left and it has me wondering what the characters are doing every time I put it down, which is the sign of a really good book (I think).
I was going to say the exact same thing! I think it's so easy, especially in cases of domestic abuse, to stand on the outside and talk about what "should" be done -- where the reality on the inside is different. I also think her biggest reason for staying quiet was fear. Sure, she felt that she deserved to be punished for Jacob's death, but I don't think she trusted the police to protect her.