Inside by Alix Ohlin. The scarred, silent sufferers at the heart of this novel of inter-connected stories don't know a warning sign when they see one: a therapist rescues a man from an attempted suicide only to fall in love with him; a deeply troubled aspiring actress takes in the homeless runaway sleeping on her doorstep; a divorcee starved for connection leaves one hopeless situation for another.
Even knowing these story arcs are unlikely to end happily, you can't help but become invested. Ohlin displays a profound empathy for people at their least rational - and most human.
review by Stephan Lee, 15 June 2012