Throughout the whole book, I found it important to recall information from previous sections to make sense of the information that was being thrown at me. I find it was pointless to really include background information about Joe and Mitch. I feel as though they each played a little role within the whole novel. At the end of Mitch’s chapter, we realize that he has the money that Angelique needs to get Simon out of jail. However, the whole point of his 50 something page chapter was pointless until the very last sentence when he explains that he has the money. Joe’s chapter as well was interesting. I could see the link more with Joe, I guess than I can with Mitch. I think the point is somewhat suggesting that although not everyone had a major role in the Simon situation each person is linked somehow. Joe is Sam’s dad, Anna’s husband. Simon has been unhealthy thinking about Anna when he hasn’t seen her for at least 10 years. Joe is the one who was supposed to pick up Sam and is seeing Angelique, Mitch works with Joe and also sees Angelique and now has money that she needs to help Simon. Angelique is seeing Joe, Mitch, and Simon she is somewhat responsible for Simon’s kidnapping. She didn’t question his reasoning for wanting to know all the personal details about Anna’s life. Alex I cannot stand. He is supposed to be the psychiatrist however; he is going through problems of his own but cannot seem to maintain a professional relationship with anyone. He drinks with Simon and later sleeps with his lawyer. I think it is very interesting that Alex, Simon and Angelique are hopeful that Anna will spin a story that suggests that she was having an affair with Simon, that could potentially end her already ruined marriage. Nevertheless I don’t think as a mother she believes Simon is mentally stable and would be willing to risk the safety of her child again when she had no idea that he would be the one to steal Sam after all these years.
Throw up: Simon’s parents do not really seem to want to help Simon. They have let him go for some time now. Instead of letting him get worse they should have intervened they knew he was living by himself unemployed. Alex as Simon’s psychiatrist should have seen warning signs and took actions to prevent and treat these symptoms instead of trying to fabricate a story that will set Simon free and not even allow him to understand what he did was wrong. I still have a hard time believing that Simon thinks he was wrong because he suggests more than once that he knew it would save Anna and Joe’s marriage. I also found it very disturbing that when Simon’s father finally visited him in prison and was telling the story of when Simon’s mother went to visit Anna all the unanswered questions that his Mother and Father had about Anna and Joe’s personal life Simon was able to answer for them without a sweat. I think Anna and Joe do need to pay more attention to Sam because Simon is right in only one instance, he did save Sam when he fell into the pool and the housekeeper was not watching. If Simon were not there then Sam would have died. While reading Angelique’s story I found her father very creepy. The way he was portrayed and described around young girls was eerie. I also have a problem with Alex because in the first chapter of the book where he is talking to Anna he is basically tearing apart her whole life and shoving it in front of her face, while he is trying to manipulate her into saving Simon. Trying to somehow make her believe that this could be her fault and Simon does not deserve this.