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A real heart breaking story
on 23 March 2009
This is the first book I had read by this author and I think I'll be digging out some more.
The story follows 8 year old Carrie Parker, whose Dad is dead, her Mum neglects her and her step-dad is abusive towards her. She is jealous of her younger sister Emma as she is braver, stronger and wiser. The story investigates the sister's relationships as they move home and move on with their lives. You are rooting for Carrie and Emma all through the book and although it was sometimes slow, the ending caught me by surprise. I had a moment of realisation and found myself flicking back through the book to clarify my findings. The emotion written from Carries point of view is very well portrayed and her fight for survival is strong throughout. A good read.