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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Emma Corray’s novel Struck is an intense look at the life of Jodie. Married to an emotionally abusive and controlling man, Jack, who also leans towards physical and sexual violence as well, Jodie resorts to drinking to numb the pain. Jodie works hard to keep her husband happy in every way. Her best friend wants Jodie out of the situation even more, and offers her a job at the local hospital painting a mural, which she must hide from Jack. However, when a tragic hit and run accident takes away their only son CJ’s best friends, Jodie finds herself wanting more and more to escape her own circumstances. As more information trickles in about the crime, will Jodie be able to break free of her abusive marriage, or will there be no hope of freedom in sight?
An interesting premise, Struck was a quick and easy read. I liked the different characters, including the underlying message that people are not always what they seem. I felt in parts there were unfinished story lines, so I don’t know if the author is planning a sequel. We never find out what happens to some of the characters at the end and it feels rushed. Aside from that, I like the storyline about CJ and his friends that ran concurrently with Jodie’s own tale of escape from her abusive marriage. I would be very interested to read more books by Miss Corray. Overall, Struck by Emma Corray is certainly a different kind of novel, touching on many different themes.