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This novel makes you think and is certainly worthy of the 'page turner' label. However it is more. It makes you think certainly, but it also makes you feel something. And it is that feeling which will remain long after the last page has been turned.
I highly, highly recommend this work.
The book also features the detective team of Hogg and Edwards, who we also come across in The Cupboard Under The Stairs and similarly, you can't help feeling sympathy for them as it seems that every case they touch is dogged with problems and goalposts that just keep moving - I certainly wouldn't rest easily if they were stationed at my local Police Station!
A nice quick read that flows at a good pace and certainly keeps the reader interested, with a very dramatic climax and ending. Highly recommended.
This story is quite a bleak one. You know that there won't be a happy ending for Mark. But the writing kept me gripped.
It tells the tale of Mark Doughty who has an abusive father, an ineffective (but at least she tried) mother and a childhood that moulds him into psychopath. The social services are ineffectual and the police not much better. The story of his adult life is told to the reader who, as the plot unfolds has an increasing sense of the inevitable. I don't think I'm really letting anything out of the bag here. If you start to read it, that'll be pretty clear. But that doesn't detract from the book. It's no thriller with a twist in the tail and doesn't pretend to be.
You could, if you like, criticise the book for wrong police and social service procedures, but I think that'd be petty. It is a novel after all, so isnt really true y'know. That apart, there's little else to gripe about. The main characters are well drawn, especially Mark and the story is compelling. Although Mark is a thoroughly dislikeable character, towards the end there's certainly some pathos.
It's a brutal (in places), compelling book that once into, you'll find hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it (if "enjoy" is the right word) and you're left with a worrying sense that one of the best social service systems and one of the best police systems in the world are so unwieldy that they can't stop a car crash such as this happening.
Right, what to read next? Something completely different...
Mark Doughty became the person he did through a series of events both intentional and unintentional, the result of which was to mould an innocent baby into a very different man.
By picking on a young girl, he sets in place a chain of events, which will change the lives of everyone involved with him.
Incidentally, if anyone had told me my reaction to the end of the book at the beginning I would never have believed them.
I downloaded this book so I could read all Roger Knowles books, I didn't know what to expect and I hadn't read any reviews. From the start I realised it wasn't the sort of book I would ordinarily have picked, but, it was a tale that had a right to be told. There must be many people to whom this story will ring a bell, far more, I imagine than I would like to think.
I can only say well done to Roger for writing such an amazing, if harrowing piece of work. I hope others will read it because, it gives those who do, an insight into a world hopefully they may never experience.
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the story flicks between a couple of time periods and get a bit confusig at times. Other that than it was a goos tortPublished 7 months ago by Virgils Mum
This story had me feeling sorry for the monster all along, even though he was horrendous and cold. It shows nature and nurture are intertwined more than people think....grippingPublished 22 months ago by SkullWitchery
Whilst this book started with promise it descended into an unbelievable, increasingly incredulous farce. Read morePublished on 23 May 2012 by Nozzer
I seem to be going against popular opinion here but, while I found the initial plot okay, I disliked how it descended into the realms of fantastical padding around the half way... Read morePublished on 12 May 2012 by Mags
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This gritty and hard hitting tragedy was well written and although some of the images could be described as harrowing they were never gratuitous. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2012 by M. G. Mccaughey
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