Crystal Lies

Crystal Lies

by Melody Carlson
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Crystal Lies by Melody Carlson

A Son’s Addiction. A Mother’s Heartbreak. A Family’s Crisis.

As the wife of a prominent city attorney and the mother of two teenage children on the brink of adulthood, Glennis Harmon lives the kind of successful, high-profile life that many people envy. But when nineteen-year-old Jacob is drawn into substance abuse, Glennis’ “perfect” world shatters like a crystal vase rocked from its once-steady shelf.

Glennis struggles to understand the response of her family as they seek to support Jacob’s recovery. Her husband appears more concerned with protecting his image than with finding help for their troubled son, but Glennis becomes determined to save Jacob no matter what the cost. Stepping into a rescuer role, she unintentionally puts her relationship with her older daughter, Sarah, and her already strained marriage on the line–and a revelation about her husband will push her to the brink of what she can bear.

How far should a mother go to save her child?

A compelling, compassionate, and ultimately hopeful novel about the impact of substance abuse and addiction, Crystal Lies is an intimate portrayal of one mother’s attempt to simultaneously love, trust, and let go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578568406
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/19/2004
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 870,896
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Melody Carlson has published over ninety books for adults, children, and teens, and has been a winner and finalist of numerous writing awards. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in Central Oregon with her husband.

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Crystal Lies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was all ready to to curl up and read a great book that spoke to my heart. But about 30 pages in the story was dragging on and it had failed to capture my attention. I skipped ahead a few chapters hoping it would get better, then a few more, then even more. The story just trudged along. Very disappointing. I also find it very presumptious to include discussion questions.
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Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Are you a fan of happy books that sugar coat life and make you feel warm and cozy inside? Well then you will be in for a shock after reading this book. I'm not an expert on crystal meth so I learned a lot from reading this book. Reading about how the family got torn apart because of the drug addiction was very difficult. Everyone turns against each other, the family didn't have a good sense of unity. Since I've read many Melody Carlson books, I was prepared for a gritty, realistic story that would not hide back any details. Well reading this book was like a punch in the gut. The scene where Glennis finds the stash of needles under Jacob's bed and he keeps lying to her about them was very emotional. You really could feel her character wanting to break down at that point. Now there were times during the book where I wanted to yell at Glennis because she kept ignoring the signs of her son's addiction. Of course I know as a parent, there are times where you turn a blind eye because you want to see the best in your kids. It just made the story sadder because things could have been prevented if people had just noticed earlier. I think the best thing about this book is how realistic it is. There is a note in the beginning of the book where the author writes about how she knows what it's like first hand to be the mother of an addict. I believe this book should be read by everybody. It's a heart wrenching tale but the events mentioned take place every day. It's a sobering (no pun intended) read will really shake you up. VERY HIGHLY recommended.