Saving Noah by Lucinda Berry (Audiobook)

Published: July 7, 2020

Dreamscape Media, LLC

Listening Length: 6 hours and 28 minutes

Narrators: Carrington MacDuffie

Genre: Psychological Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I purchased this audiobook on Audible.

Dr. Lucinda Berry is a former clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. Now, she spends her days writing full-time, where she uses her clinical experience to blur the line between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking her readers on a journey through the dark recesses of the human psyche. Her work has been optioned for film and translated into multiple languages. If Berry isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her running through Los Angeles, prepping for her next.

We forigve murderers, not pedophiles.

Not since Lionel Shriver brought us We Need to Talk About Kevin has a writer delved into the complexities of a disturbed mother/son relationship. Until now.

Meet Noah—an A-honor roll student, award-winning swimmer, and small-town star destined for greatness. There weren’t any signs that something was wrong until the day he confesses to molesting little girls during swim team practice. He’s sentenced to eighteen months in a juvenile sexual rehabilitation center.

His mother, Adrianne, refuses to turn her back on him despite his horrific crimes, but her husband won’t allow Noah back into their home. In a series of shocking and shattering revelations, Adrianne is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Just how far will she go to protect her son?

“But he’s better now.”

After Noah confesses to doing the unthinkable, his mother, Adrianne, struggles with how to move forward. She loves her son unconditionally and wants to believe that he can be fixed. Her husband wants nothing to do with Noah. He is ready to write him off; his confession brings back memories and makes him feel insecure. The real question is, what would you do for the ones you love?

Holy shit. I have so many feelings. I have to start this review with a massive trigger warning. This novel deals with pedophilia and rape. Do not read this novel of these things trigger you.

I had to take several listening breaks during this audiobook. Several passages were challenging to listen to—several moments where I was so disgusted that I could not continue.

This story will rip your heart out, for so many reasons. This novel will make you think about situations in a completely different way. Lucinda Berry can tell a story in such a uniquely powerful way, you will literally have to remind yourself to breathe.

This was emotional. So so many reasons. I enjoyed that Berry discussed all sides of the situation, from societies viewpoints to the mother who just loves her child so much more than his mistakes.

I did not see the twist in this one. Wow. I feel like I have been kicked in the guy and dropped from 100 feet. Adrianne was such a complex character. She made me angry, made me sad, and in the end she broke my heart.

There are so many elements to this story. A taboo topic, and one the elicits a strong reaction at the mere mention of it. This was a different side to the argument, and it has left me speechless. Damn you, Lucinda Berry!

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