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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Angels in the Architecture is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Annie M. Ballard. The book follows a married couple, Emelie and Liam, after a tragic accident destroys their family. As their mental health deteriorates in the face of trauma, Emelie pushes for another baby whilst Liam tries to hold onto normality until he can suddenly do so no longer. As the two break away from each other, they must seek out what they truly need and find the definition of family that makes sense to their new reality.
The trauma at the center of this story is the kind that sends a fracture down the heart of a family, changing everyone it touches as the reality of it sets into daily life. Annie M. Ballard’s prose creates a beautiful and bittersweet depiction of the sudden yet slow process of anguish as it corrupts the things that are good in a person’s life until they struggle to recognize themselves in the mirror. As is often the case with tragedy, one incident seems to be followed by another in a cascade of upheaval, and as Emelie and Liam slowly learn throughout the story, it is only through great effort and vulnerability that salvation can be found. Overall, Angels in the Architecture paints a poignant image of two people having their lives changed by hardship, the approaches that people take to try to feel in control of desperate times, and the hope of recovering something of the happiness you once knew.