Inside the O’Briens is an emotionally charged, poignant story about a Boston family who found that Huntington’s disease had changed their ordinary lives to horrific, overnight. My heart ached for each family member as they digested the full impact of what this disease was going to do to their family circle. After being diagnosed with HD, Boston cop, Joe O’Brien, quickly found himself drowning in guilt and depression. Huntington’s disease is a cruel, fatal, neurodegenerative disorder that affects muscle coordination and cognitive ability. Joe was tormented with the grim realization, that his grandchild, as well as each one of his four children, had a 50/50 chance of suffering from HD.
I’ve enjoyed every one of Lisa Genova’s books; Inside the O’Briens was no different. The author has the uncanny ability to take a complex neurological disorder, break it down and craft a compelling, and realistic story around it.
Even if you know nothing about Huntington’s, you’ll have a full understanding of this rare and fatal disease, after reading this book. I’ve worked with patients suffering from Huntington’s, and can attest to the dreadful progression of this disease. Inside the O’Briens is not only compelling and educational, it’s inspirational. Kudos to Lisa Genova, a talented neuroscientist, and writer. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover