Format: Paperback, 210 pages
Publication: January 19, 2021 by Not That London Writer
Synopsis: Who can forgive a mother who poisons her eight-year-old son? Even if it was an accident. Tasha thought she had everything under control – her family life, her career as a nurse – until her son got into her stash of painkillers. Now, during her first weekend home from drug treatment, she must come to grips with the damage she’s done and somehow pick up the pieces. Told from the points of view of four different family members, Weekend Pass is a story about the lies we tell ourselves and the people we love. And it’s about struggling to rise above the mistakes that threaten to define us.
I liked this book far more than I expected to. It was raw and emotional, and at times it was difficult to read, but it’s definitely worth the read. The book is pretty fast-paced, but it isn’t overwhelming in the least. It’s a quick read, and it’ll keep you invested despite the tough subject matter.
The characters were real and relatable. I found myself sympathizing with Tasha despite everything. Though I was rooting for her, especially with her son, I also understood Baker’s wariness and caution, so he wasn’t as frustrating as I would have expected; there were times he annoyed me, but it was never for his concern about his son. Milt, though a bit frustrating, felt genuine, so I felt for him. My favorite character, though, is Charlotte; she’s such a strong woman, and I thought she was wonderfully written.
The book takes place during Tasha’s first weekend away from the treatment center, but there is a short part in which we see where everyone has come out ten years later. This tied the book up perfectly and realistically, which I appreciated.
This was my first novel by Paul Cavanagh, but I’ll be looking into his other works after reading this. If drug addiction, cancer, and death don’t trigger you, I absolutely recommend this one. I loved his writing style and how he handled this book. I haven’t read many books about addiction, but this is probably the best one I’ve found.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the author and iRead Book Tours. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
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Meet the Author
Paul Cavanagh is a Canadian author whose debut novel, After Helen, won the Lit Idol competition at the London Book Fair in the UK and was published to rave reviews in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. He’s been compared to Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler for his ability to be at turns funny and moving while exploring the paradoxes of modern family relationships. He lives in London, Ontario (not be be confused with that other London). Weekend Pass is his third novel.