A Lovely, Indecent Departure (2020)

A Lovely, Indecent Departure Steven Lee Gilbert A Lovely Indecent Departure A Lovely Indecent Departure is the riveting and emotionally charged debut from a promising new voice in literary thrillers and a captivating story about a mother s love and desperation set amidst th
  • Title: A Lovely, Indecent Departure
  • Author: Steven Lee Gilbert
  • ISBN: 9780985336509
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
A Lovely, Indecent Departure Steven Lee Gilbert A Lovely, Indecent Departure is the riveting and emotionally charged debut from a promising new voice in literary thrillers, and a captivating story about a mother s love and desperation set amidst the heart wrenching landscape of child custody Anna Miller wants only one thing, her son, and she will do anything to keep him When a district court awards custody of Oliver tA Lovely, Indecent Departure is the riveting and emotionally charged debut from a promising new voice in literary thrillers, and a captivating story about a mother s love and desperation set amidst the heart wrenching landscape of child custody Anna Miller wants only one thing, her son, and she will do anything to keep him When a district court awards custody of Oliver to his father, she abducts the five year old and flees to Italy where with her family s help they disappear into the fabric of her native homeland Told in prose that is both stripped down and overpowering, Gilbert shapes the everyday conflict of child custody into a stunning search for sense of worth Standing in the young woman s way is Evan Meade, the boy s guileful and mean spirited father, who hires a private investigator when the efforts of the embattled local sheriff, Monroe Rossi, fail to track them down But as the investigation draws them all closer to Anna, Evan s true nature betrays itself and the question of what s in the child s best interest becomes not so clear any.Objectively detailed, in a voice that refuses to intrude on the minds of its characters, A Lovely, Indecent Departure, captures in stark detail a world in which modern archetypes are turned upside down and shows what an extraordinary splash Steven Lee Gilbert has made with his first novel.
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  1. guiltlessreader

    Originally posted on my blog Guiltless Reading Leaving may be lovely but not any easier The book in one sentence A woman flees an abusive husband to protect her child My two cents The juxtaposition of the words in the title sort of prepared me for the unusual way this seemingly straightforward story was written Lovely yet indecent How aptly true for Anna, our main character And how aptly true for this book overall, which is a lovely departure from the predictable good guy bad guy story.The book [...]

  2. Wall-to-wall books - wendy

    Oh my goodness I just loved this book This was a page turner if I ever read one I absolutely HAD to know what was going to happen.I, right away, felt a connection to this book Maybe it was because I am a divorced mother and went through hell with visitations when my daughter was young until I finally got full custody and my current husband could adopt her as his own Everytime her father took her for visitation I was worried he wouldn t bring her back And yes, I did think of just taking her and r [...]

  3. Meganm922

    I enjoyed this book a lot It was broken up into different character s narrations, which was well done I felt like I knew each one of the characters involved, even when bits of information and pieces to the puzzle were missing This was definitely of a character driven novel than a plot driven novel, but was still unpredictable and I kept turning the page to find out what pieces to the puzzle would be discovered next One of the best aspects about this book is that the reader is thrown into the st [...]

  4. Naomi Blackburn

    What gripping emotion this book held and that everything on the surface isn t quite what it appears This author utilized words and his storyline masterfully to keep me, as a reader, engaged I loved that the book wasn t written in such a way that the abductor Anna Meade wasn t an awful person and that Evan Meade or his new wife weren t quite the stellar individuals that one would see in most books, which comes off as black white Now, on a side note, I must say that I took the storyline a bit diff [...]

  5. Jamie

    A great, sharp story with pages you want to keep turning I wanted to read this book, and when Steven was the one who sent me a copy himself, it admittedly lurked in the back of my mind Oh no, what if I hate it Well, no worries there As full as this week has been, I read it in one afternoon.I liked so much that some of the biggest questions weren t answered in black and white Anna s past, Evan and Anna s marriage Because they weren t questions, you know from the present the past exactly The dialo [...]

  6. Scott Bischke

    Steven Lee Gilbert is a talented writer who tells an interesting story of a broken family It s a plot so topical today, I suspect that this book would make a great movie or TV show Gilbert s writing is compelling, key to me as the storyline here is a bit outside my normal genre The book pulled me along, as the point of view switches between the main characters I greatly enjoyed the aspects of travel to Italy and the interspersion of Italian into the narrative I am thinking the author must be flu [...]

  7. Robin

    With thoughtful character development in A Lovely, Indecent Departure, it was easy to quickly get wrapped up in the life of Anna as she tries to rescue her son from her overbearing ex, Evan While she is safely in Italy with her son, your hatred for Evan develops as you journey with him and local authorities on his escapade to find the young boy Or is it Anna that he wants to find to further torment This book does not lack in suspense and is thrilling till the end.

  8. Bill Cokas

    Gripping and harrowing, it s every parent s worst nightmare, but Anna carries forward like a woman possessed She wins us over early on and never loses our empathy or attention Gilbert handles this material with a deft balance, never stooping to theatrics or melodrama After you read this, you ll hug your children tighter and give your spouse a second look.

  9. Andrew

    Wow You know a book is really good when you finish it and you want to go hang out with some of the characters not all of them, mind you.Love the descriptions of locations and the develpoment of characters felt like I was part of the story.

  10. Dee

    It was great A spell binding novel I couldn t put it down, while at the same time afraid to turn the page.I highly recommend this book

  11. Dorothy Gilbert

    The ending was a surprise Great book and subject matter, well written with real characters the reader can relate to yes gramatically incorrect

  12. Chris Thompson

    Steven Lee Gilbert writes with conviction and purpose in his debut novel, A Lovely, Indecent Departure, but he has everything all wrong The novel plods along slowly and tediously, and Gilbert s decision not to let the reader into the minds of his characters makes the story lifeless as well Because the reader doesn t know what s going on inside their heads, the characters are like empty vessels than human beings, awaiting direction from the author When Gilbert makes them do something shocking, I [...]

  13. Melissa T

    This review was originally posted on Melissa s Midnight Musings on September 12, 2012I m not really sure quite where to start with A Lovely, Indecent Departure I wanted to like it, I really did Unfortunately it just did not work for me at all.The major problem that I had with this book was that there are no quotation marks around any of the dialogue None I know that probably seems like a petty, insignificant thing to have a problem with, but it truly did make a difference in how I read this book [...]

  14. Sandie

    Anna had to leave Caught in a marriage with a man who needed to control her every move, she left for her sanity But she never meant to leave Oliver, her five year old son When Evan, her ex husband, tries to manipulate her through Oliver, making her joint custody and and difficult, she makes a momentous decision.Since Anna has joint citizenship with both the United States and Italy, she is able to take Oliver and flee overseas She leaves everything else behind job, house, family, friends Her re [...]

  15. Brenda Knight

    I received a paperback copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review I was not acquainted with Mr Gilbert until he contacted me to read and review this book.I wanted to read this book in the hopes that someone who took their child to protect them, with good reason , actually got away with it I won t tell you if my hopes were realized or not You will have to read it for yourself I fully understood and related to Anna I was married to a man that made Evan look like a grumpy te [...]

  16. LindyLouMac

    A d but novel from Steven Lee Gilbert who could be a literary thriller writer whose name may well become familiar in the future I had never heard of him until he approached me to review his book As some of you will know thrillers are not my favourite genre but I was tempted by this one I was glad I was as it turned out to be a satisfying but poignant read of a young woman s love for her son and her fear for his well being There was a big bonus for me in that part of the story is set in Italy an [...]

  17. P

    This is great storytelling It is almost a ripped from the headlines kind of tale It is very well written, with wonderful description and characters who develop over the course of the novel Told from alternating points of view, the plot unwinds gradually, creating a tension and compelling the reader to go on While I sympathize with Anna, a mother who abducts her own child and flees to Italy, I don t particularly like her Then again, her standoffishness is most certainly the result of her being tr [...]

  18. Anne

    Steven Gilbert is a skillful author and has crafted a story that pulls the reader in from the first sentence This is definitely a page turner and I was intrigued by the development of the characters as the story unfolded Without spoiling the plot, the story involves events centered around a child custody case By the ending, which was somewhat surprising to me, you will feel as if you are personally acquainted with each person Well done, Mr Gilbert I look forward to works by this author.

  19. Elizabeth Whitehead

    I received this book from the author through as an Advanced Readers Copy I thoroughly enjoyed this book The book is full of suspenseful action as well as beautiful descriptive wording about the atmosphere, the surroundings and the characters feelings I look forward to books by Steven Gilbert.

  20. Patty Warren

    Good story with a few unexpected twists Smart enough that it leaves some things up to reader to figure out Overall a good, enjoyable read

  21. Amanda Strange

    Reviewed for Word VagabondAnna Miller is a mother who is desperate to be with her young son, Oliver, and keep him safe Unfortunately, her abusive ex husband has primary custody of him and does everything he can to keep them apart The court system has failed her and on one of her days with Oliver she decides to take drastic measures they flee the country to live in Italy where Anna is from A Lovely, Indecent Departure tells the sequence of events that follows this decision.The book is written in [...]

  22. Rebecca

    The story itself was quite heart wrenching Anyone who has gone through a custody dispute will likely have a pit in their stomach while reading it regardless of which side you might lean towards In this case, the mother never needed to say anything about the father as is so often true to life his actions eventually told his story.This book was very well written I liked how it was organized into books and then the chapters were each told from a particular character s view Some authors can be confu [...]

  23. Heidi

    thought there was too much left out to really understand this why did she leave was one question I had was the husband abusive before or did desperation cause him to act that way not fond of the style of writing maybe that s why I didn t enjoy this book.

  24. Laurie

    While I liked the story line of this book, I kept waiting for something to happen By the time the plot thickened, it was over I expected there to be of a chase around Italy I found the ending to be disappointing and lacking in closure.

  25. Bkwyrm

    I liked a lot of things about this book, but the end wasn t one of them I think I can avoid spoiler hood by saying that what happens is exactly what you think will happen.Disappointing I d been loking for something new.

  26. Bonnie

    another tale of love vrs hate with a child treated as an object by a demented parent the tale never solidified itself because on parent lived on the brutal edge of insanity.

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