Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Pan (6 Aug 2010)
Brilliant book. I cried, I questioned my parenting, my beliefs, my feelings, my integrity – everything I thought I knew about capital punishment, parenting, America was turned on its head.
This, again, wasn’t my normal genre of choice and it was recommended to me on kobo based on my previous reads of “before i go to sleep” and “the child who” so I was a little anxious about how this book would turn out having really thoroughly enjoyed one and really been a bit “meh” about the other.
It took me a few chapters to get in to the book and I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it but after the first 70 or so pages I was gripped. Some bits are predictable, some bits you think are going to be predictable really aren’t what you think. Lots of things left unanswered at the end – but they don’t need an answer!
I had to keep reminding myself this books based in the 80s, 90s and 00s not actually in the 40s!!
The book made me feel so many different emotions in the few hours it took me to read it. I read it in one sitting while babysitting my friends’ children and all i wanted to do was rush upstairs and hug my own boys. Thoroughly recommended. I would put this up there with one of my favourite books from recent years.