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A good read, but I hope to goodness that it's not based on a true story. Book 1 of 3.
on 22 March 2014
I'm not a huge fan of this author, but I couldn't help but want to read this tale, based on the blurb, and though there's no full-on sex in it, it's a very good read, surprisingly well-written. I've found her other books rather messy, confused and confusing, but this had me hooked from the start due to some of the unacceptable, hard-to-believe events
*******************************POSSIBLE SPOILERS, AS THE AUTHOR SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BOOK***********************
Without wishing to spoil the tale, the blurb isn't accurate, as Jack's parents finding out about him is where the book ends, on a cliffhanger. One that was good enough for me to both be annoyed that this wasn't clearly indicated as a 'part 1' novel, and to go and nose at the author's website - only to find that this is book 1 of 3.
This is a tale featuring a budding loving relationship between two incredibly decent, loyal, likable young men and two lots of parents who don't deserve to be parents. There's bigotry, prejudice, brutality, and yet hope. We get to see the dangers of small towns dominated by close-minded, bigoted religion, spewed out by a self-important and blinkered pastor. One who's selective in his interpretation of the Bible and the message he spreads, and who is not above reproach; he's a hypocrite, a liar and a bully and he certainly doesn't know the true meaning of being a Christian. However, satisfyingly, there are also some decent role models and people who are prepared to go out of their way for others. It was both touching and horrifying, and it drew me in. Totally.
I was in two minds about reading the next book as it looks to be particularly harrowing, but when I nosed at the author's website, the cover image of book 3 was reassuring and heart-warming. I can't say more, but have a read and see for yourselves; this is well worth a read...
I contacted the author about the other books in the series, and she advised that book 2 is out on 25/03 and book 3 on 01/04. I'll be watching out for both.