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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 achievement..it's not wishy washy..it has the scaffolding needed..is heart tugging, and gets you thinking.
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:
What a victory. Thank you Gareth for laying your musical talent on the front line--for and with the invictus choir in order to produce something that will stand the test of time. The song-Flesh and Blood is so gutsy. We he ...Read More >>
We think this well written family saga, from a small independent publisher, is a compelling and addictive read.'
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