January 12, 2017

Otti's Escape by Marianne Wagner #BookReview

As the German troops march on the city, 10-year-old Othilie escapes the clutches of the Nazis unharmed, or so it seems - an episode that is largely forgotten for the next thirty years.

A young woman in the post war euphoria of new possibilities and freedoms, she decides to marry the wealthy Fredrik Holst. In spite of a warning from their common friend Bernard before the wedding, insinuating that Fred already has a mistress, their marriage flourishes and they establish a beautiful home and bring up three healthy children. However, Otti soon discovers that the freedoms she has gained come at a price: Fred and his family’s constant lack of moral guidance threatens Otti’s equilibrium. Fred also is unfulfilled as he keeps longing for the mothering he never had while Otti responds to crisis with coldness. Their relationship becomes increasingly acrimonious until one day Fred goes too far and finds himself in a position where he cannot anymore return to their home.

Otti struggles to carry on without Fred. She finds her rescue in Bernard, their college friend, who she accidentally runs into in the liquor store. She marries him and tries to move on, but disaster strikes and Otti’s inability to conceal her grief throws open the door on the charade that is supposed to be her new love.

As her family is disintegrating around her, the echoes of her flight from the Nazi invasion ring down through the years, as again Otti has to flee her home one night. Will she be able to escape her fate this time?

MARIANNE WAGNER grew up in Norway before leaving her studies of Law in Oslo and travelling to
London where she sang and played in bands. While in London, she studied Existential Psychotherapy and
embarked on a journey of physical and spiritual healing. She has a son and now lives in Devon.

This story has a good storyline and the writing is nice. But I just found that the characters were underdeveloped and not unlikable. They seemed to be very self-centered and not able to emphasize with each other. Overall I found this book hard to read in the aspect of the characters, but the storyline was okay. 

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