A review by misslezlee
At Risk by Alice Hoffman


Another book from the bought decades ago to be read pile. The blurb on the back of the book just says there is a tragedy that overtakes a family and town. It doesn’t say what the tragedy is and I didn’t read the reviews here on Goodreads so I was bit alarmed when I discovered that it was about a virus. Not the one that’s currently running a worldwide pandemic, but one from the 1980s. I decided to continue, despite the fact that everyone in the real world is already emotionally fraught and riding their own roller coaster. I’m glad I did because it’s really an exploration of family dynamics and relationships between neighbors and colleagues. It’s beautifully written, too.

I think I must have bought this book, although I can’t remember. I’m uncertain because the characters include both a research scientist and a photographer who is working on a book about a psychic who holds seances. Coincidence? Who knows?