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The Son in Law by Charity Norman, a Love Reading pre publication review by author: Eva Le Bon

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Posted: 30th May 2013
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What a read! ... a child witnesses her mother killed by her father(manslaughter) and the resulting nightmare is played out in this harrowing story...'from that moment on'

We watch the news but it's happening to someone else, would never happen to us. To bring us a balance of lighter moments, and the benefit of her understanding of the judicial system is such an's not wishy has the scaffolding heart tugging, and gets you thinking. 

A Pre Publication Lovereading Reader review of

The Son-in-Law by Charity Norman

Eva Le Bon, author of Bring Down the Moon

'There but for fortune'

The Son in Law is a harrowing story, a moving account of a once loving family living in the wake of ‘our dad killed our mum’..nowtorn apart physically, and emotionally the children live protected in ‘grandparent custody’ 

Told through the shattered mirror of their lives, we witness through the eyes of the different family members the elongated shadows left from Zoe’s death..... 

‘Show me the prison, show me the jail, Show me the prisoner whose life has gone stale 

And I’ll show you, young man with so many reasons why, There but for fortune go you or I, go you or I.’ 

Hypnonotising us to an altered state of awareness, this powerful novel, answers no questions, tells us no lies, but emotionally shakes us open to the victim and potential murderer in all of us, and to the family ties that, nonetheless, survive the deadliest of bludgeoning blows

It is a story of : 

 a grandparent's need to protect;   a child’s want to love his parents; 

 the opening of a prison door to the road less travelled: the no mans land of forgiveness and forgetting. 

It is a most touching moment when Scarlet in the panic and shock from her grandfather’s trauma finds herself dialling up her dad, the ‘cuddly dad’ from long ago: 'Could you please come? I really need you', but with prison gates never far away, what will Hannah do when she faces the double shock of bursting in to her collapsed husband with Zoe's murderer at his side? 

With strokes of mastery the barriers from the different stories come tumbling down but on a journey of such titanic magnitude, there is no place to hide ....overwhelmed and trapped:

This is a humbling story of attachment, loss, contamination and hope. 

Time to Somehow stop pointing the finger of blame and step aside the shoes a while


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