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Certainly not the moving tribute to Holly Wells suggested by the title
on 11 June 2016
I cannot begin to imagine how terrible it must have been to have lost the beautiful Holly Wells. My own 10 year old son is my entire life and I have no idea how I would feel if I were to lose him in such a dreadful way. My husband visited Soham in 2002, after major cancer surgery, so that he could pay his respects to Holly and Jessica because he was grateful to be alive and so sorry that the Soham girls had lost their lives so senselessly. For this reason, I am giving the book 3 stars. I am sorry to say that if I did not feel such compassion for Kevin Wells after what he has been through, I would have given this book 1 star.
This book is a real chore to read. I am currently just over half way through and I am not sure that I will make it to the end. There are some interesting bits of information, but it is full of banal detail and the worst part for me is that the author is so unlikeable. I have read 'Killing For Company' by Brian Masters and in the extracts from his diary, Dennis Nilson comes across as a strangely appealing and intelligent character. Kevin Wells, on the other hand, comes across as a boor. He manages to make you feel sorry for all the people with whom he comes into contact, and he is somewhat over-zealous in his appreciation of Manchester United which unfortunately comes across as jarring. His unerring faith in psychics and mediums is also quite alarming. It is difficult to empathise with him because he tells us relatively little about Holly's character so you don't feel as if you know her or share the pain of his loss.
I purchased this book because I recently read 'Bye Mam I Love You' by Sonia Oatley. which is a much better read. You feel as if you know Rebecca Aylward and you therefore experience Sonia's anguish. Her ghost writer brings the entire episode to life. I think Kevin Wells may have benefitted from using a ghost writer rather than an editor, because whoever edited his book certainly did not do a great job, and the end result is not the moving tribute to Holly suggested by the book's title.