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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and achingly honest tale of lives shaped by a tragic event., 15 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Carry the One (Paperback)
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"Carry the One" is centred on the lives of a group of young people, and gripped my attention from the early stage of reading the synopsis.
The story begins at a rather unconventional wedding, when tragedy strikes as the group are returning from the reception to continue the party. The drinks had flowed too freely, and their car is involved in an accident, killing a ten-year-old girl. The driver, of course, is over the limit.

The subsequent chapters describe their lives through the following decades, from the viewpoints of four of the main characters, and the story is told with gritty realism. There is no unnecessary sentiment or hackneyed clichés, though sufficient background information is supplied. In fact, I became thoroughly involved in the tale midway through the book, feeling that I knew the characters' strengths and weaknesses - and their demons - so well.
I think the most interesting and enjoyable facet of this book is the way in which the paths the characters lives evolved, from arrogant young idealism, through a tragic life-changing event, then to maturity. Inevitably, however, the events of that night had an impact, combining with serendipity to shape their personalities and affect their backgrounds.
I read this in two days and I think the key aspect of its attraction for me was that although I did not identify personally with any one character, I felt empathy for them all.
Brilliant read, definitely recommended
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