When your whole life falls apart, it’s time to figure out what really matters…
This is author Jamie Raintree’s first book. She has a long history of familiarity with writing, but Perfectly Undone is her first published novel. You can immediately tell that she has talent. Her words are chosen carefully and well. Her subject matter is important and interesting. And her ability to use descriptives helps you to connect with the scene and the dialogue.
Dr. Dylan Michels is a driven and dedicated OB-GYN. She has been together with fellow doctor, Cooper, a pediatrician, for nine years. But Dylan has secrets in her past. And these secrets prevent her from ever completely letting her guard down, or allowing herself to fully accept all the good things in her life. Focused on obtaining a competitive grant, Dylan tends to become neglectful of the other things in her life. Namely, Cooper. And when he asks her to marry him, their relationship begins a downward trajectory, with events that they may never recover from.
There are deep moments and tender ones. There are scenes that will make you sigh, and those that will have you sobbing. Some events will have you raging out loud, and others will cause you frustration. But there is definitely no shortage of emotional feels in this book. And although I believe there was a good story at its heart, I struggled to fully embrace it.
For me, Dylan is an incredibly difficult character to connect to. She often comes across as self-centered, churlish and even unlikable. She has a tendency to blame others for her problems. Cooper is seemingly the easy-going one, but at times he often feels like a fictional persona, until – finally- a flaw is revealed. Cooper’s sister, Meghan, and her husband Stephen, feature prominently in the book, but their backstory is incomplete, and there reconciliation even more so. So , in my opinion, the characters needed some work. My other issue was that there were just so many problems, many unbelievably tragic, throughout this book, that I felt almost all of them weren’t fully realized. It is tough for me to explain without giving away spoilers, but the issues felt inordinate and therefore stunted in their development, as there was little time to completely solve each one before the next erupted.
I thin Raintree shows great promise as a writer, and believe she will do well in the field. She just needs some experience and seasoning.