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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
In a disturbing but fascinating look into an extremely dysfunctional family, Misled by the pseudonymous author Annie Miles shares elements of the author’s real life experiences. Follow Diana, a true “desperate housewife,” both lonely and bored, as she develops an intense and highly inappropriate crush on Daniel, the object of her teenaged daughter Annie’s affections. Unable to contemplate a life without Daniel as a part of it, Diana schemes and manipulates behind the scenes in order to orchestrate Annie and Daniel’s relationship and eventual marriage. When Annie later discovers the letters her mother wrote to Daniel, professing her undying love to him, and realizes the level of deception that both her mother and her husband went to hide their relationship from her, the devastation that she feels is both real and palpable. When her mother is diagnosed with dementia, Annie realizes that she has to let the past go in order to care for her, but sometimes that is easier said than done.
Misled is a very interesting read. I found it amazing that while the story was fictional, it was based on true events in the life of the author. The letters used in the novel are the actual letters that the author’s mother wrote to her boyfriend and eventual husband. And knowing that author Annie Miles is now her mother’s legal guardian and has lived the life portrayed in the book makes the book that much more mesmerizing. Misled is a book that would be enjoyed by any reader who likes a great read about bizarre family dynamics or a story with underlying truth to it.