Under the Influence

Under the Influence

Large Print - 2016
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Alcohol cost Helen her marriage and custody of David, her seven-year-old son. Though she once had aspirations to be an art photographer, she makes ends meet taking pictures of grade-school children and working society parties for a catering company. Recovering from her addiction, she spends her evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site; weekends, she has awkward visits with her son, but he seems to be drifting away from her, fast.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First HarperLuxe large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062257765
0062257765
Branch Call Number: LP MAYNA-J
Characteristics: large print
479 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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peggy_15
Sep 14, 2017

I skimmed a lot of this book. I guess it held my attention to the point I stayed with it to see what the great betrayal would be. The facts of the betrayal were not entirely predictable mostly because I expected it to be even worse and premeditated. Also, why would she think these people were wonderful and generous. The daughter of their (almost) lifelong housekeeper was struggling to pay for college. Her mother was anxious for her to become a doctor. The girl was smart and hardworking. According to their lifestyle, it would have been a drop in the bucket for them to put her through college. Wouldn't you be surprised they didn't.

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MillieBT
Feb 28, 2017

From the beginning of this novel it has a tone of disaster waiting to happen........it's a story of friendship, love, loss and betrayal---and the lengths one will go to be accepted and approved of...."Love doesn't come and go when it's real. Love is supposed to be constant." EXCELLENT!!!!

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bookie66
Jan 22, 2017

A story of a family but wow.....so well told......you're drawn into this so quickly. So glad I picked this off the shelf.

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abcDena
Jan 20, 2017

I've been eyeballing this book on the shelves of my library since May, probably, and finally picked it up this month. Could. Not. Stop. Reading. Real life got in the way of me finishing this in one gulp, but it was still like running downhill at dusk. I couldn't wait to find out what horrible thing I felt in my BONES was going to happen at the bottom of that hill. Immerse yourself in the story of Sven Gali-like rich couple, the Havilands, and a down-on-her-luck recovering drunk, Helen, who's recently lost custody of her young son.

I was pleasantly surprised by Maynard's ability to suck me into this seemingly plain old story. Outstanding. Can't wait to read more from her.

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dcafk
Apr 13, 2016

This is an outstanding novel. I read it in one sitting, staying awake until 2:00 a.m. because I couldn't bear to stop reading.

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