#BookReview – Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman #BookBoost


The acclaimed author of I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman is a novelist of astonishing power, with a sly, dark voice, at once fearless and poetic. In Koppelman’s new novel, Dr. Susanna Seliger is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treatment-resistant depression. The most difficult cases come through her door, and Susa is always ready to discuss treatment options, medication, and symptom management but draws the line at engaging with feelings. A strict adherence to protocol keeps her from falling apart.

But her past is made present by one patient, Jim, whose struggles tear open Susa’s hastily stitched up wounds, revealing her latent feeling that she could have helped the people closest to her, especially her adored, cool, talented graffiti-artist brother. Spectacularly original, gorgeously unsettling, HESITATION WOUNDS is a novel that will sink deep and remain—like a persistent scar or a dangerous glow-in-the-dark memory.

Print Length: 192 pages
Publisher: The Overlook Press (3 Nov. 2015)

Available to purchase Here

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My Review

I didn’t know what to expect from this book at all .. I have never had the opportunity to read any of Amy’s other books or indeed had any inclination as to  what her style of writing was going to be like.

There are many subjects which should be ‘difficult’ to read or deal with but it is written in a such a beautifully haunting  poetic way that it draws you in & enters your consciousness without realising the power it is having. I read it in two sittings but I think it is the after effect which will stay with me as I try to process exactly what she said or delve into my own thought processes. 
How we deal with mental illness, death, suicide on an individual level is one thing but to read somebody else’s thoughts is a privilege .. it was comparable to a diary in places. I don’t want to hint at any of the characters because you will get the full benefit by reading it .. needless to say I really enjoyed this, felt in tune with the content & came away with hope.
Thanks to Amy for gifting me the book in exchange for an honest opinion .. I will seek out the others now & read those. Also thanks to Aimee @HelloChickLit  ‘I Love All The Books Tours’ for the heads up 🙂 stars-4-0._V192197091_

About the Author

Amy Koppelman is a graduate of Columbia’s MFA program. Her writing has appeared in The New York Observer and Lilith. She lives in New York City with her husband, Brian Koppelman, and their two children. Her previous novels are A Mouthful of Air and I Smile Back, slated for the Toronto Film Festival and general release in Fall 2015.


3 thoughts on “#BookReview – Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman #BookBoost

  1. It was my pleasure to read it and I will happily keep sharing, promoting. As soon as I have read the others I will post reviews but it may be a few weeks due to my reading schedule. Happy Holidays to you both and thanks again for the opportunity! xo

  2. Thank you so much for not only taking the time to read Hesitation Wounds but for writing such a meaningful and thoughtful review. More importantly, thank you for understanding what I was trying to say about hope. This means so much to me.

    Happy holidays!!


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