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Jonathan YardleyIf you think that right to the end she loyally gives Carver the benefit of the doubt, so do I. Ultimately the loyalty was all one-sided, and though she doesn't say so, Maryann Burk Carver leaves the impression that her husband was relieved, and glad, to see her go. The bright light at the end of the pier was glowing just for him, and a wife and a couple of children were too much baggage in his rush to get there. An instructive reminder that writers are rarely as nice, or as decent or as likeable as the characters whom they bring to life.
— The Washington Post