Under the Influence

41XgHrNds9LI have enjoyed all the books I have read by Joyce Maynard and Under the Influence was no exception. While depressing, and filled with foreboding, it was a good read. The characters were interesting and the story was surprising, if not entirely believable. Helen drinks after her son goes to bed and one evening, has to get behind the wheel after one of these evenings and loses custody of her son. A wealthy couple takes her under their wing during this difficult time and becomes the complete focus of her life. Friendships are at the heart of this novel. I’d put this one on your list if you are looking for a good, solid read.
four-stars

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