Abbie Slocum, a forty-something, average, middle of the road, housewife and mother of teenage twin boys, tries desperately to keep her outwardly idyllic life together while spiraling into a dark pit of menopausal insanity. Her mind races with suicidal, murderous thoughts so outside of her normal character that it frightens her. The only person she can share the graphic imaAbbie Slocum, a forty-something, average, middle of the road, housewife and mother of teenage twin boys, tries desperately to keep her outwardly idyllic life together while spiraling into a dark pit of menopausal insanity. Her mind races with suicidal, murderous thoughts so outside of her normal character that it frightens her. The only person she can share the graphic images from her hormonally addled mind with is her best friend, Rachel, recently separated, and the mysterious and titillating Joan, a new friend from Rachel's singles support group. Women have survived this female passage of life since the beginning of time! Why was Abbie having so much trouble handling it? As the battle to maintain her sanity rages on, Abbie, Rachel and Joan stumble into unfortunate, borderline comical, circumstances that lead to wild nights, experimenting with drugs and two suspicious deaths. Abbie's cop husband, Conrad, tries desperately to understand what's happening to his normally sweet wife. While vying for promotion, his family gets embroiled in a media frenzy that swirls around a murder trial in which Abbie is the primary suspect. Abbie takes the reader on an old jalopy ride of uncharacteristic outbursts and wild escapism that leads to tragedy and finally, into court where she just might have to plead 'temporary insanity'. "Astonishingly honest, this novel will take you on a wild ride with its unforgettable protagonist, a woman who is on a journey of shocking self-discovery. A book like 'Mental Pause' is long overdue and I am sure it will speak to millions of women who like me, identify with its message." Zvezdana Rashkovich, author, Dubai Wives "This novel zips along at a cracking pace and is full of fun. I loved it." Jo Parfitt, author and publisher "Abbie is riding the hormonal roller coaster and hanging on for dear life. She finds herself in a body she no longer recognizes, a marriage that feels overwhelming, and she questions her very sanity. Her existence has become one big hot flash inflamed by killer moods. A chance meeting seems to give her the escape she's desperate for but at what cost? Accused of murder she finds herself in a jail cell accompanied by her regrets and the gnawing fear that her life may be changed forever. It's a kind of mental pause that Abbie has never imagined, in a story that offers no letup from start to satisfying finish. Change of life, anyone? Mental Pause promises to take you way beyond." Stacey Donovan, author/editor, Donovan Edits "Love, attraction, hot flashes, pending empty nest, sizzling nights, shifting identity, the meaning of friendship, surprising twists and missteps galore -- it's all here! Anne O'Connell has written a fun debut novel about one menopausal woman's desire to let her hair down, and the trouble that can result." Linda A. Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat...
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Mental Pause Reviews
First of all, it elaborates on a very real and misunderstood medical condition that is more often the brunt of jokes rather than sympathy. Menopause is a life-altering change to the human body and this book combines that aspect with how it affects the soul of the body. In this book, Abbie will take you through this change and more!With a Thelma and Louise type of abandon (minus the abuse), the character is confused at whether she is being redefined or being smothered under the change. I can only hope to have the support she has because without it, this change in life can/will change a person's life itself forever. You can/will lose friends and family and even lose your sanity. So, it makes perfect sense that the book developed from a girl read to a murder mystery. Entertaining as high-speed all the time, this is a one-two sitter. That means you'll read itIt's educational to those whom have yet to experience menopause and it should be given to your husband so that he can understand that the craziness is to be expected.The author does an incredibly detailed job of explaining and describing symptoms and emotions. While reading this, you will also experience this. Fact. You can't help it. The author plants things into your mind so that the depth of the symptoms are at least attainable. A glimpse of the unknown and a touch of the hem of the garment of the robe.With Thelma and Louise I was able to connect deeply deeply deeply with the characters and unbelievably I did so with the same depth in this book with Abbie. The author writes very well and any formatting errors were few and far between. I did not find this distracting because I expect that with ANY book from anyone even J.R. Tolkien I mean come on we are all only human.At times a bit gritty but not dark at all. It's not what I would call a light read, but a fast read. It wasn't light, but I still read it fast because it was intense and I HAD to know where the author was taking me. It's really that simple, she writes a story like a pirate makes a treasure hunt; the treasure is elusive but the clues are excitedly honing you in and you will work feverishly to get there. Try to read it any other way lol.I don't even know how to place this in a genre so I'm having to split it as a Crime Drama/Family/Mystery/Chic...it's a weird combo but it works.
This debut offering from independent author Anne O’Connell is poignant, funny, shocking and provides a moment of “maybe I’m NOT the crazy one here” for readers. Abbie is peri-menopausal with all of the symptoms that are alluded to, but never wholly defined or described to women in a way that every reader can empathize, sympathize or nod their head in agreement. Wholesale personality changes have taken over the formerly competent and functional wife and mother, and no one seems to understand why: least of all her. Sometimes completely sobering then venturing into almost farcical situations, Abbie and her cohorts wander into situations and circumstances as they ‘go with’ their curiosity and let their impulses take command of their adventures. Unfortunately, being the chief suspect in a murder trial doesn’t soothe Abbie’s frayed emotions or ally her symptoms, and everyone is wondering if she truly is insane. Mixing humor, real life symptoms and extreme reactions, O’Connell manages to create Abbie into a character that speaks to many, stronger than she appears yet wholly fragile and driven by impulses that she doesn’t always understand she is delightfully wacky and fun while still maintaining a sense of realness. The outrageous circumstances behind the murder charge, and the husband that is a cop and completely confused but trying to be supportive are well-played and keep the reader entertained even as we know that she is not the murderer. Friends also play a large part in this story: finally at the point where women are less about ‘competition’ and more about support and real friendship – it was nice to see a portrayal of female relationships that didn’t digress into mean-girl syndrome: where the bond and the support were more important to all of the friends. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Abbie's boys are headed to college and she's feeling the empty nest syndrome kicking in. Trying to keep herself busy is complicated by the fact she's going through peri-menopause. Hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety and depression to the extreme. While her husband Conrad and her boys, Trevor and Winston try to understand, they really just know Abbie isn't herself. Rachel, Abbie's best friend, tells her she needs to let loose and relax. They do just that with a new friend of Rachel's. Only a girls night out becomes so much more. Abbie wonders if life will ever be normal again. TERRIFIC! FANTASTIC! APPLAUSE! It's about time someone was willing to write a book about how women's bodies change. Anne O'Connell step out there and hit a grand slam home run with this one! Descriptive, accurate and well written, this book will keep you moving until the end. You'll fall in love with Abbie and her family. What's not to love? They are really a supportive team. This one should be winning awards for many reasons in the months to come. Check it out and see if you don't agree the twist in this book is breathtaking.I found no issues in this one. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it discusses something NO ONE wants to talk about. Hurrah for Anne O'Connell!!~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
The blurb for Mental Pause is essentially this: woman going through menopause finds herself questioning her sanity through a series of remarkable events. What's not to like, right? Well, let me tell you...This book needs an editor. I'll be the first to admit I'm a harsh critic. I notice missing commas and scowl at the screen. I'm not talking optional Oxford commas, but those utterly necessary direct-address punctuation marks that keep us from suggesting something like, "Let's eat Grandma."I'm also a stickler for formatting. I like to see justification. I need to see dialogue and choreography set up correctly within the text. There are established rules regarding formatting that authors should not disregard. To do so leave the reader confused, annoyed, and glaring at the book.I wanted to like this, I really did, but I spent the bulk of this novel wishing for a red pen. Not a recommend.
I think this author may have created a new genre: meno-mystery! Who would ever think of combining menopause and murder? Your answer to that question probably depends on whether you have gone through menopause! Anne O' Connell does a great job of describing the physical and emotional turmoil that menopause causes. The fact that she manages to do this in a story that is both humorous and suspenseful makes this an enjoyable read. If you have already gone through "the change" you know that her descriptions of it are not all that exaggerated. If you haven't, this book may cause you to go out in search of some supplemental estrogen. Plagued by hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and anxiety, Abbie needs a break! What starts out as a lark with friends ends up with Abbie being charged with murder and the story keeps rolling along at a fast pace from there.
My Review: A character I can so identify with. Abbie a peri-menopausal woman is perfect till her hormones take over and she sees red. A woman that her family and even herself does not recognize. I for one was hooked immediately. The unfortunate new friendship with Joan who ends up dead in a motel after girls night out with Abbie takes a sinister twist after Abbie is accused of not only her murder but also that of Joan’s ex-husband.This is a great who done it and I enjoyed it a lot. The book is well written and edited there is some formatting issues that threw me off at first but I as I got interested in the book I could over look them. I give this book 4 1/2 stars would have been 5 without the formatting.
I started reading this book in the very same week that a character on Eastenders refused to acknowledge that she was menopausal (nope - not ashamed - love the soap!) and it got me thinking that there really are so many women out there for whom this must be a no-go area. So well done, author, for having pushed the issue of what it does with our bodies and brains right out there. If you think you are the only women going crazy during this period of your life, think again and be reassured by the pages of this fab book. Funny, sad, poignant, it is thoroughly deserving of your time.
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