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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Social Work is a work of literary style fiction focused on interpersonal drama and human connection and was penned by author Thomas Duffy. Duffy’s seventh novel, this emotive and highly moving tale features central pair, Marc and Lauren. As Marc recovers from a suicide attempt, social worker Lauren connects with him in an attempt to help him back to normal. But the road to true happiness is not smooth for either of them, and the backdrop of New York City plays host to a wide range of emotions as their bond deepens over the obstacles they must both overcome. What follows is a gripping drama with deep-rooted, poignant commentary on the human condition.
Author Thomas Duffy has a keen sense of what makes people tick, and that resonance of the soul runs throughout his dramatic novel to keep readers glued to the psychological and emotional plight of Marc and Lauren. The slow-burning plot will suit readers who favor literary and character-led fiction, exploring the reasons for Marc’s deeds and the ways in which Lauren is able to relate to him through her work. The question of happiness is highly pertinent and reflects back on the reader to keep you thinking about it long after you’ve set the book down at night. Overall, Social Work is an exceedingly well written, highly intelligent and intrinsically human drama that is sure to captivate its readers from the start. I would highly recommend it for fans of contemporary emotive drama and psychological non-thriller fiction.