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Fascinating! As I was reading the book the women were so stereotypically women, that I felt it was written by a female author I would not like because she was far too vapid. I'm not feeling duped, or even shocked, but in fact a little relieved by this new info. None of the characters felt all too fleshed out, but I think that made for a better story. Overall, I enjoyed the story and found it to be a fun thriller and a quick read.
I both agree and disagree. I think Sal and her will ultimately reconcile, but I do think it was realistic for him to react the way he did. They built a life together and she held something so massive from him-for him to accept her and forgive her so quickly would not have been authentic. Also, throughout the novel there are moments where it seems there are genuine problems in the marriage-lying about where she wanted to live, having another child- and he claimed to know there was something not right, so he's pretty attentive and those little lies will wear on a person. Then this massive piece made him reconsider all those other issues. I think ultimately it will make their relationship stronger, and the novel, at least in my opinion, seems to end on a positive and hopeful note.
I agree with others that the parents were less kind and were more culturally congruent in their response to Rio. What was striking to me, was how they instantly knew who she was and greeted her as such-throughout the book, she makes a strong effort to deny who she is and the times she tries to convince others who she really is, she fails. This is the one instance in the novel where her identity is instantly, seamlessly accepted, and its by the parents of her victim.
I think it was like Danny said, the past has a way of "eating away at you" and she would have always been haunted by her past. She felt such guilt for keeping so much of herself from those closest to her, that I don't think she truly would have been genuinely happy without opening up to Sal and Lily, and herself.