elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Pulling Apart by Shawn Lane

Interesting approach to the concept of “what happens after the happily ever after?” We left Charlie and Noah as a loving and committed couple, but not they are having trouble. Charlie didn’t treat in the right way his depression and not the monster is back, huger than ever. Noah is unable to reach his lover, who is fallen in an apathetic stage that is very worrisome. I really feared he was thinking to do something stupid, but the author decided not to play that tragic card. In any case Charlie is not well, and he is pulling apart Noah, forcing him to leave their shared home. At first Noah is worried for Charlie, but then he is also angry, so angry that he is thinking to do something in spite of Charlie’s refusal to be help.

As I said, I liked the idea of letting the reading beyond the happily ever after of the previous story; it’s not that Charlie and Noah are suddenly no more good together or in love, but an happily ever after is not easy to manage, especially when you neglected something serious like depression. And I liked that Noah is not playing the martyr, and that, even if not till the end, he searched in a way to come free of the situation Charlie put him.


Amazon Kindle: Pulling Apart
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (January 5, 2011)

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Tags: author: shawn lane, genre: contemporary, length: short story, review

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