Having never read a book by this Author before I thought I'd give this a go. The storyline is gripping but a bit long winded as well as a lot of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors which was off putting. I found I had to 're read paragraphs
First of all I hate spoilers, and I wish the product description had been a little more discreet.However as its there for anyone to see, it does give me the opportunity to do a slight spoiler myself and question why the boys mother had to die, to me it seemed a surplus murder and didn't ring true.I did like this book, I guessed how it was going to pan out and I was spot on but it didn't spoil my enjoyment,I would have liked to see more character development, I think some of the characters have great potential,I would even like to see them again in another book if that was possible.Overall I would say this was a very good and entertaining read.
The story is told with good pace and is compelling reading. The characters are well rounded and you care about them. The characters stories are weaved together beautifully and create what is a very sad story in all which is very emotive. Really worth reading.
I don't know if this is five stars or two! the story is disturbing and out of my comfort zone (2) but it is well written and i had to keep going back to see how it progressed (5). while horror stories can be dismissed as 'fiction' this feels as if it could be oh so real, it appears 'normal' and as such is sad in content but shows great humanity in the main characters desire to protect. It is a book i will remember and not one that is just 'one i read last summer'.
I gave this book a 5 star rating because it is well deserved. The storyline is brilliant, well written and very believable. Yes there are a few typo errors but they do not spoil the story. I will not say much about the story, except read it yourself, there is all sorts going off in it and it is quite an emotional story. I could not put this book down and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good thriller/crime that is also very emotional.
There is no such thing as a bargain. This book is badly written & badly edited. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I could not finish it as the poor writing detracted too much from a potentially promising storyline and I had to admit defeat. I think that this may be one of only 2 books which I have not been able to finish in the last 10 years so I don't give in lightly!
The book itself is a good read. Only problem I found was with the grammar and spellings, although I imagine that's more down to the editor than the author, ignoring this, the story was emotional, and well thought out. I wanted to know what happened next and found myself interested in what would happen next to the characters.
This was a deeply moving book. It explores the deep bonds between brothers and their friends. This is a close knit group of friends who will go to great lengths to protect and defend each other. A deep and profound hurt to many of their friends is discovered when one of them takes his own life; this sets in a horrific chain of events in motion. The loyalty and morality of the brothers is so deeply ingrained that despite the impossible circumstances find themselves in, they still manage to find a way to bring reassurance to those of their friends who need it and make a form of restitution for a wrong they didn't commit. Despite their youth and inexperience, they do not shy away from the consequences of the dreadful crime which they did commit, they do not reveal the mitigating circumstances which would give the watching world an understanding of their actions, even though it is very obvious to the reader that what they did was not intentional, and could even be described, in part, as accidental. . Through all the horrors of what they had discovered and of what they did, they refused to reveal what they know as to do so will hurt their friends and countless other people whom they may not know. All of this will seem contradictory to those who have read the book and know what the boys did, but their actions were a blind, in the moment, reaction to what they had just discovered. These boys have real courage and ironically have been brought up to treat people with dignity and respect which in the aftermath of the tragedy they do throughout. The irony is that the dignity and respect which they have been trained in was denied to other people by a parent who taught it to them. This book is many layered, with the boys showing amazing maturity in some ways but at the same time not having the maturity to deal with the situation they find themselves in on that fateful afternoon. At different times the story involves most of the reader's emotional range, no less so because of the parallel story which crashes into the main plot, bringing everything together and setting up a dramatic finale.
It is a compelling read, which makes the reader think deeply about the issues involved, and makes them will all those involved to find a way to resolve the issues without further harm, but will demons from the past prevent a peaceful resolution? Yes there were typos, and the book could benefit from good proofreading, but the story is sufficiently captivating to help the reader overlook those deficiencies in order to progress with the story to its conclusion.
I loved how this story was constructed bringing several troubling tales together in one final thrilling end. I couldn't put it down until I'd finished. Only criticism is the lack of proof reading. Looks as if the closest this got to being proofed was spell checker. Still loved reading it though.