The reason for the three stars isn't because the quality of the story was lacking.
In fact, the story was well developed, the characters easily sympathetic, the dialogue well done. What threw me off was the times when there seemed to be gaps in the sentences, as if words were missing. For example: "Midway, my legs go wobbly, so I restroom to regroup." Because of these instances, the reading wasn't as fluid as it could have been.
The author did a good job destroying his character's life: loss of a job and the death of a child. No wonder Dan heads down such a dark path. Olivia is easy to dislike, which is the point. I like how the writer gradually draws Dan from darkness to light. It's a slow arduous journey, but one that needed to be traveled, otherwise the reader would not have felt anything for him.
Overall, a nice job. Just give it a re-read and fix those missing word areas. Do that, and you'll easily have a four-or-five star read.
What Book Should You Read Next?
Browse the selection of genres below or simply ask for suggestions