Just when Ariel is starting to fear she will never get her life back on track, she’s contacted by the mysterious Muse Agency. Suddenly, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew about herself and those around her.
Who is Ariel? And what does she want? The truth is she can’t answer those questions. And finding the answers is the only way out of her rut.
I thought Ariel was a thought provoking look at human weakness and the corners we all tend to back ourselves into. Fia Essen was able to write a book that illuminates the difficulties of self-analysis and introspection, the importance of being brutally honest with ourselves, and the necessity of being honest with others.
I think anyone at one time or another has found themselves in a serious rut, whether out of necessity, as a result of a box we put ourselves in, or simply because we have become complacent in our routine. This makes the entire story line so easy to relate to and facilitates an easy bond with Ariel Morton, the stories heroine. She's a bit of an underdog with all of the things that life has thrown at her, but she is eventually able to recognize that her reclusive habits, her strained relationship with her family, and her dead end job can be attributed to her actions and perceptions, though unfair events were the catalyst for her downward spiral. The point is, no one was keeping Ariel in that rut except Ariel. I think it a very valuable life lesson.
I thought Ariel's journey was beautifully plotted and her development from someone who was essentially playing the victim to a person who could accept her own mistakes and come clean with the people she loved was nicely paced and truly remarkable. The inner conflict of the heroine and the outer conflicts of her circumstances furthered the plot and moved the story along quite nicely, especially because of how these conflicts played off of one another...
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Fia Essen has been an expat since childhood. She grew up in the stables of the Middle East and Southeast Asia, surrounded by horses, philandering polo players, and bored expat housewives. Currently, she lives in Athens, Greece with her Yorkshire Terrier.
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