Gemini - I agree with you completely. I never bought into the Allison character for exactly that reason. A caring mother would take her kid and get out of that situation, somehow, someway, whatever it took. Because she didn't, I felt no compasion for her. I only ended up feeling sorry for her son.gemini wrote: She lived too risky for a mom with a kid. I think Danny wanted her to be a good person in a bad predicament but she would have to be blind to end up in that many bad relationships. Not realistic.
Unlike most people here, I actually found Ingrid to be more believable than Allison. Maybe because I knew a woman in real life who put on a conservative front but liked to walk on the wild side behind closed doors. Perhaps not to Ingrid's extreme, but enough to where I can buy into the character.
Pookie - I dont' know if she's realistic, but I absolutely love her!
Mary and Dee are certainly the most "normal" and believable women in the book. I might not like what Mary is doing, but it is very realistic. She loves Spandau, and her daughter... and her ranch. I think she had pictured a "happily ever after" in her mind with Dee and Spandau living out their days on her ranch long after she's gone, and she's not yet ready to give up on that dream. While Spandau might not get the girl (Dee) at the end of the trilogy (I too think Danny is too realistic for that) I think Spandau will get the ranch, and ride off into the sunset in a lonely cowboy sort-of way.
As for the rest, I agree with what others have said - certainly written from the male (fantasy?) perspective.