Official Review: Was I To Blame? by B.W.Knight

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Official Review: Was I To Blame? by B.W.Knight

Post by prospero360 » 28 May 2019, 19:11

[Following is an official review of "Was I To Blame?" by B.W.Knight.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Was I To Blame? by B.W.Knight follows Angie's story of love, friendship, betrayal, adultery, depression, happiness, and sadness. As far as drama goes, it doesn't get any better than what I've just read in this book.

Angie lives in West London with her husband, George, and two kids, Joe and Megan. The focus of the story is on her relationship with George, which starts out rosy. However, a vacation with George to Bangkok reveals that George has been into drug dealing and may have put both of them at the risk of death. While their relationship survives this upset, things take a turn for the worse as George loses his brother who committed suicide. George turns to alcohol and builds up emotional walls that distance him from Angie and his family. Consequently, Angie also builds up walls of her own, and this translates to constant arguments and fighting amidst numerous trials and tribulations in their marriage. Will Angie and George find their way back to each other?

The story kicks off with one of Angie and George's numerous arguments, giving the reader a sample of what to expect from the book. It then goes on to explain how the couple got to that point. The story is narrated from Angie's point of view, and there were chapters that were written in a diary-like format. This format helped Angie express her thoughts and feelings very clearly, and this will draw readers closer to Angie as it is very easy to relate to most of her feelings. However, this subjective form of writing influenced my bias against George, as I stayed on Angie's side of almost every argument.

Furthermore, there is a lot to learn from this book on the importance of friendship, as readers will see the bond between Angie and her friends, Helen, Molly, and Janet, and how this bond helped Angie survive difficult times. While her friends were a source of strength for her, there was no shortage of drama in her friends' lives as well, as they battled with issues of their own, ranging from problems with their children to drugs to cheating rumors.

There was hardly ever a dull moment in this book. It was also fun and educative following Angie and her friends' discussions on key topics like suicide, depression, and child training. The lessons dished out in this book are real-life lessons. Readers can see similarities between the main characters' lives and theirs and learn from them. Another main theme of the book revolved around pointing fingers and placing blame on others while refusing to accept responsibility for choices and actions.

With respect to dislikes, there isn't much that I would wish to change about this book. However, there was a confusing part where the point of view suddenly switched to Helen and back to Angie. While the character development was fair, I would have liked more depth to Angie's friends, as they seemed to agree with a lot of what she said without differences.

Overall, Was I To Blame? was an entertaining and educative read for me. The story concludes with a twist that wraps up the drama perfectly. I found three minor errors throughout the book, which gave me the feeling that the book was well edited. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I almost took out a star for a few complaints I made above, but the book is a really good book with near-perfect execution. I would recommend this book to lovers of drama-filled stories and stories that convey useful life lessons.

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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Jun 2019, 13:01

Honestly, I have so much drama in my own life right now, I don't think I need to read about someone else's. Though this story sounds pretty true to life, I enjoy books where I can escape what's going on. I commend the author on the great execution, though. Thanks for the story.
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Post by maggi3 » 04 Jun 2019, 16:24

This book seems to deal with a lot of heavy topics without being too dark, which is definitely a plus. I like that it focuses on friendship and how friends can get you through hard times. I’ll keep this one in mind. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 04 Jun 2019, 18:29

This book sounds exciting! I hope Angie and George find a way back to each other. Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 05 Jun 2019, 13:09

Sounds like there's a lot of fighting, a lot of finger-pointing, and a lot of wall-building going on in this one! Not sure I want to get involved with these characters just now, but thanks for a very informative review!

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Post by kdstrack » 05 Jun 2019, 14:29

This story seems to reflect a normal marriage. Things get muddled when the couple stops communicating and depends on friends more than on their spouse. I enjoyed your review and the high rating you awarded the book. This looks good! Thanks.

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