REVIEW: ANOTHER NIGHT, ANOTHER DAY, BY SARAH RAYNER

22213603The Moreland Clinic in the countryside around Lewes (in England) is at the center of this novel about characters on the verge of various emotional turning points.

Karen, whose father is dying, and whose husband Simon died two years before, is struggling. Her two children need her, so she keeps putting one foot in front of the other.

Then there is Abby, whose autistic son Callum seems to be draining her of all that she has to give…and almost as an afterthought is her husband Glenn, who is no help at all. He wants to sell the house and file for divorce. Meanwhile, he is a constant reminder of how her life has taken a nosedive.

Michael is losing his business, and as the creditors converge, his world is crashing around him. They all end up at the clinic, and while none of them want to be there, they begin to connect with one another. But then Michael is discharged and sent to a National Health Clinic that leaves much to be desired.

Another Night, Another Day is an intriguing novel with interesting characters. I enjoyed watching them struggle to find themselves, and loved how they connected with one another.

Then a major crisis seems to derail them…and we see what moving on and growing from loss looks like.

I enjoyed this book and the characters. However, I was puzzled by the fact that all of these characters, while struggling with emotional issues, ended up in a locked facility, although some of them were day patients. This choice moved the plot along, allowing the characters to connect, but seemed unrealistic, in light of their issues. Nevertheless, the characters were engaging and I definitely felt that I could root for them. 4.0 stars.