Inside the O’Briens by: Lisa Genova

Inside the O'BriensInside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love is her reason for living, and that has nothing to do with Huntington’s disease.

The journey of a family when one of their own has been told they have Huntington’s disease. Joe a father of 4, the husband of a devote Catholic, a police officer of Boston’s finest is now held captive of this dreadful disease. It is a genetic disease that was passed to him from his mother and the only recollection that he has of her is living in facility as a drunk. All along, she had been gripped by HD and no one was the wiser.

Their journey is told by Joe and his youngest daughter Katy. It is told with honesty, a rawness of emotions, and a love that keeps the family together. Joe has always taken care of his family and with HD; he no longer has control of anything. You are brought into his emotions has he struggles with anger, acceptance, suicide and finally love for his family. You will need a Kleenex as his daughter encourages Joe to be the example that they need as his children learn that they too have a 50/50 chance of having HD.

Katy has her own struggles as she is the youngest of the siblings and struggles with the unknown of HD. How HD changes everything but also how it changes nothing when it comes to family and love.

Lisa Genova does a superb job in sharing with her readers HD and the life of those that have HD.

A Special Thank You to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Gallery Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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