Review of The Distance Between Us by Finitha Jose
About the book:
Happy children, happy husband, happily ever after?
Tasha knows that she should count her blessings: married for eleven years, mother to three healthy children, she should be content with her lot. However, feelings of frustration have settled over her like a dark cloud. Despite living under the same roof and sharing the same bed, Tasha has never felt so distant from her husband, Charlie. She feels worn down by the mental load of motherhood, drowning in the never-ending chores that keep the family and household afloat. Most of all she worries that her once happy marriage is slipping away from her.
Tasha longs for something to change, but when change comes calling will it really be the answer she was hoping for? And is it possible to fall in love with the same person twice?
A modern day love story about family, marriage and risking it all to have it all.
This book has surprised me beyond expectations. I opened it for a realistic and sombre story which may require some time to finish. Sure, it deals with a serious theme, but the gripping language and narration won’t allow you to put it down for a second. Consequently, my plans for the day has gone awry, and the notes I need to prepare are lying there neglected.
The story follows the perspective of Tasha who opted to become a stay at home mom since she didn’t enjoy her profession as a doctor. But as years passed by, her husband and three children have begun to take her for granted, leaving her to wallow in a never ending frustration. Then she does the unthinkable… The plot plummets into action from there, following the repercussions of this deed and concludes with a very deserving end.
Tasha’s story is not a singular one. It is not hard to relate to her feeling as we encounter many Tashas often in our lives. The book felt like a modern retelling of ‘A Doll’s House’, reminding us once again that a woman also has a duty towards herself. She could never be complete just as a mother.
A well written, beautiful story that every woman should read.