The story starts appealingly with a good blend of metaphor and reality. We immediately come to feel for Jenny, whom Dobson cleverly introduces in thought and sensual stimulation in the opening paragraph.
Seems the household is a settled and somewhat prosperous affair, with Jenny and her teenage brother Bobby having no greater immediate worries than contesting for a limited supply of hot water for the morning shower. Teasingly, they get along.
Enter their mother Kyla, which allows us to quickly learn about a new side of Jenny: Pretty and used to getting her way.
A somewhat dramatic movement follows, as mother and daughter take delight in Bobby's self-imposed predicament. Subtle threats and snappy comebacks are exchanged between the siblings with their mother as moderator - yet have no fear...
WE - Thanks for reviewing this first chapter with such an open mind. I was trying to find my way in this first installment. As the story continues a plot emerges and tension begins to build as all the suppositions of the first chapter are wiped away with the realities of how Jenny's Life really plays on a daily basis.