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The Other Half of Me [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Mccarthy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Jonathan and Theo's childhood is one in which money is abundant but nurture is scarce. With a father who died when they were very young and a mother who starts drinking at lunchtime, the brother and sister are largely left to roam around their sprawling estate in rural Wales, looking after only themselves and each other. Until, that is, their grandmother Eve returns to the family home. Eve is a figure who is as enchanting as she is forbidding, and she takes the children under her wing, answering their questions about their family history that have always been ignored. Yet as they grow older, they discover that much of what they've been told is a fiction, and that something very sinister lies in their past.

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'Dark, addictive and a stunning debut' (Cosmopolitan)

'Gorgeously written' (Heat)

'An accomplished novel... McCarthy's exquisite storytelling points to a promising literary career' (Edinburgh Evening News )

'Bath-time reading sorted with Morgan McCarthy's pageturner' (Sunday Times)

'A beautiful, brooding novel... Darkly lush, filled with an irresistibly sad glamour, this is a memorable debut' (Kirkus)

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Beautifully written, evocative, suspensful, and shot through with a delicious thread of menace, THE OTHER HALF OF ME is an incredibly exciting debut for Headline

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Debut 3 Aug. 2013
By Lorna
Format:Paperback
The book starts with Jonathan on the run from his family. It then jumps between Jonathan in the present day & the past, which builds up to the events he is currently hiding from.
It is beautifully written & very descriptive so you can really imagine the big house or the beach. The characters are well defined & built up & you grow to know them. I adored Theo. The book has a bit of a haunting feel & is quite sad in places but overall it's pretty wonderful.
I had mostly guessed what the secrets were but that didn't really take anything away from the book. I'd recommend this & look forward to seeing where this new authour goes next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating family psychological drama 9 Sept. 2013
By Bob Sherunkle VINE VOICE
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A definite thumbs-up from my wife:

"This was the sort of book that, once you've finished, you wish you could read for the first time again. I loved this book. I thought it was very well written, and also a page turner/late night reader (there are not many books you can say that about).

The main characters were Jonathan and Theo, brother and sister, their mother and grandmother and the interaction and history between them all. I am not going to give you any plot giveaways, as I want you to enjoy the book without knowing what is to come. It shows how a boy living in a household full of women with no, or very little, male influence can turn out into a type of man that I am not sure I would like to know. Having said that, the book is so full of wonderful images and thoughts which have slightly changed my outlook on life, and in my opinion any book that can do that is worth reading. The power of the written word can influence men without them realising it."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, moody and quite beautiful 6 Nov. 2013
By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Rural Wales is the setting for this beautifully written book - it is where Jonathan and Theo (Theodora), the two small Anthony children live with their mother, the beautiful widowed Alicia and an assortment of household staff. Alicia spends most of her time suffering from alcohol induced "headaches" and either shuts herself up in her room, or floats about the house in a daze. She makes it quite clear that she has no desire for the company of her own children......they are simply a nuisance to her. So eight year old Jonathan and seven year old Theo are left to their own devices, wandering the huge country house with its sprawling gardens full of wild places; Jonathan is very protective of Theo who seems to need more attention than most little girls. She's a needy, dreamy child, full of wonder, enthusiasm and empathy for everything around her.

One day Alicia (the children only ever call her by her name, never Mum or Mummy) is taken away in an ambulance and the children are left alone in the care of Miss Black, the nanny whom they despise, and Mrs Edwards, the colourful, but not particulalry efficient, cook. They are not told what has happened to their mother, or what will become of them, but eventually Eve, their wealthy grandmother, arrives from America and it becomes clear she is there to stay; Jonathan's and Theo's lives will never be the same. Alicia returns from her drying out spell but it is Eve who transforms the house into its former glory and insists on a more formal education for the children.

As Jonathan and Theo grow older, Eve's story about their missing father begins to sound more doubtful; as it begins to unravel tensions develop within their small circle.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Halves don't always make a whole. 5 April 2013
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Jonathan and Theo have each other. Older brother and younger sister. They look out for each other, they need to. Their father has gone and their mother seems to live in another world, an alcoholic one. There is little interest in these two children. However, when circumstances mean their mother is taken, in steps their grandmother.

With this brings some sort of stability,money and power which their grandmother Eve Anthony has, as her business acumen, power and status is renowned all around the world. They are both in awe of Eve, but is it that which ultimately destroys the family unit.

As Jonathan who narrates this book, discovers about his family nothing is ever as it seems. Having grown up with a very distant mother he starts to notice a similar trait in his sister, Theo. She seems to be functioning in a very different world , she sees ghosts of the past where they live, strangers seem to become real figures across the road and when Theo moves away from her home, it all slowly starts to unravel for her and she starts to question much. Jonathan just wants to be a success and leave behind the uncertainty that Theo brings into to his life.

Jonathan has trouble forming relationships with women once he becomes an adult. Perhaps the overtly strong female influence growing up has affected him, the author is perhaps suggesting. He remembers the feeling of not being able to love the one he wanted when young and all his relationships require no emotional attachment just a physical one. As he juggles this as the years pass, he begins to tolerate Theo less and slowly their relationship changes into something different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it, not as good as 'Strange Girls and Ordinary Women' by the same...
A beautifully told story of Jonathan and his sister Theo who grew up in a country mansion, they roam the gardens in endless summers, devoted to each other. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Bookish Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Half of Me
The story is compelling with intriguing characters. The writing is beautiful. You travel with Jonathan as his life plays out before him from childhood to uneasy adult life.
Published 14 months ago by Lari
2.0 out of 5 stars Plodding alond with two-dimensional characters
I was attracted to this book because I am familiar with the places it is set and so thought it would be an interesting read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sarah Durston
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Half Of Me
This novel of dark family secrets is centered around Jonathan and his fey, innocent and child like sister Theo. Read more
Published 20 months ago by book fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I read this book in one day, it's a book you get absorb in and forget about other things.

The story starts a bit slow but soon picks up the pace and evolves in to a... Read more
Published on 27 July 2013 by M. A. Coyle
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad, boring and disappointing.
I read the reviews and some pages from this book before I bought it and it sounded good. In fact it was quite the opposite. Read more
Published on 31 May 2013 by Amelia
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant, beautiful, emotional read from an author I'd search out...
Having grown up in Pembrokeshire this novel, set in bordering Carmarthenshire, had an additional resonance for me. Read more
Published on 24 May 2013 by Mrs. C. A. DAVIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I really enjoyed this book. The story is thought provoking and interesting and sad at the same time. A really good read.
Published on 4 May 2013 by Susie Q
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, just not well told
Apart from the final third, I found this rather a plodding book - self-indulgent and over long but with an intriguing underlying story. Read more
Published on 3 May 2013 by tallpete33
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down.
It's been a long time since I finished a book in 3 days - certainly not a book as literary as this, with the thinnest of plots, but I found The Other Half of Me absolutely... Read more
Published on 25 April 2013 by Book Critic
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