Posted by Jillian [Blogger] at 30/04/2012 10:06:41
Intrinsically readable and alarmingly unputdownable, this book draws the reader into the Tide family from the start. With waves of their history juxtaposed throughout as the story evolves, the full picture gradually emerges along with the tragic ramifications of that fateful day. It is a day that results in the family being torn apart by loss, blame and recriminations not to mention the long term mental anguish that accompanies each member of the family as they struggle to come to terms with their part in the tragedy.
Set mostly in the beautiful countryside of the Dorset coast with the family home of ‘Clifftops’ as a dominant presence throughout, each character is allowed to present their point of view in their own voice giving a full picture of the circumstances that leads to a child’s disappearance.
For a first book the author has done a remarkable job in drawing characters that we care about, particularly Dora, who as the youngest sister, feels the weight of responsibility for the loss of her baby brother 11 years previously. As she and her boyfriend embark on parenthood themselves, the wounds of the past are reopened and she revisits the other members of her family to seek closure on past events.
This atmospheric and heart wrenching book is one that you will recommend to your friends – although I would suggest that you should also include a pack of Kleenex to your recommendation!
Posted by Niall [Blogger] at 13/04/2012 09:37:02
“There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic – unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.”
Drew Karpyshyn, the author who brought us probably the best Sith lord of them all (Darth Bane) is back.
Although I would have much preferred another Bane novel, I still knew anything by this...
Posted by Matthew [Blogger] at 05/04/2012 14:46:42
William Gibson began writing far-sighted Science Fiction within the Cyberpunk sub genre in the early 1980’s with Neuromancer, coining the phrase “cyberspace” and envisaging something close to the present day internet when the concept was very much in its infancy.
As technology has progressed towards Gibson’s vision of the future his novels have become more grounded in reality,...
Posted by Niall [Blogger] at 05/04/2012 14:37:31
World Book Night takes place on the 23rd of April this year, and on that date 1,000,000 copies of 25 books will be given away for FREE!! This is one of the 25 listed books.
I first read this book in my early teens and instantly fell in love with it. This was my first introduction to the twisted, genius and beautiful minds of Messer’s Pratchett and Gaiman.
The plot of the book...