The sibling rivalry is thick between Sydney, her sister Gina and their brother Rick. When their mother collapses at her retirement party and they discover she now needs constant care, their personal lives and conflicts come to a head.

Sydney has a wonderful husband who loves and desires his wife constantly. But because of a childhood trauma, she does not enjoy his special attention.

Gina, a successful executive and mother of twins, is constantly fearful of upsetting her abusive husband. He is jealous of her college degrees, earnings, success on the job and relationship with her family. Gina struggles with allowing her children to witness his abuse as well as her inability to assist Sydney with the care of their mother.

Rick is terrified of committing to marriage with his live-in fiancie. When things fall apart in his home life he hides it from his family, just as he has hidden most of his emotions since the unexpected death of their father when he was young.

IT'S A THIN LINE is a compelling story of how each sibling deals with their individual issues and forges a family bond that was lacking when they were growing up. Hardcover. (May, 288 pp., $23.00)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims