– Tom Vowler
This book has had some good reviews, but I’m quite sad to say that I just couldn’t really get into it!
A son returns to the small town where he grew up, where his mother still lives and where a terrible event in his childhood changed the lives of almost every person living there. As the story unfolds through the eyes of the son, the mother and finally, the father, the reader experiences the taut build up to one day’s tragic unravelling, and the shock waves that echoed through a once happy family and close-knit community. Will they ever be able to exorcise the damage of that day or do some wounds run too deep?
So the book is split into four parts. We first meet Stephen in the present day. Then we get sent into the Summer of 1982, told by his mother. Part three still brings us the memories of 1982, but this time told by his father. Part four then goes back to Stephen and the present day. Now this effect is one that I only really appreciated when I’d finished the entire book.
Throughout, I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters and I think that’s why I struggled to get through the story. The descriptions were brilliant, but it was just all descriptive… It wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that we actually got an idea of what happened that summer. In fact, it was in the last 60 or so pages, and my paperback copy had 305 pages altogether.
For me, this book didn’t have enough action. It’s described as a crime book, and of course it tells us about a crime and the effects that it had, but yeah… Just a little too slowly paced for me!
I hate it when I don’t enjoy a book but I guess this one just wasn’t one for me. As I said in the beginning, there are quite a few reviews from people who really enjoyed it.
*This book was sent to me to review, thanks to Headline and BookBridgr.