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Cider Lane: Of silences and stars by [Hayes, Mark]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Saltholme publishing; first edition edition (8 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011AJXJ98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I took this book to read on holiday. Unfortunately it got nabbed by a friend who spent his time reading it instead. Now I've got it back, I'm enjoying the start and the rest of the book was obviously good enough for my friend to deprive me the pleasure of reading it on holiday.
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“All these anxieties are in your subconscious only. You must reconcile yourself with the environment around you. Come to comprehend you are under no threat. Aspect your milieu and scrutinize it in immeasurable facet. You will conclude you have naught to endure with apprehensive quintessence.”

"You must, you must, you must. You will, you will, you will.” It is the dictate of Society, the so called “social norm,” which we all find ourselves conforming to.

These are the instructions given Susanna by the psychiatrist her parents have hired to render her “normal.” A bullied, anxious teen, Susanna has developed a coping mechanism of withdrawal deep into her own mind and soul, so effective that she is able to block out the horror of seeing her family perish in a burning car. The only survivor of the accident, she internalizes feelings of anger and guilt, while simultaneously reinforcing the mental process that separates her from her fears, via a deeply ingrained numb existence. In a state of shock after the car accident, her numbed state-of-mind leads her to an empty cabin on Cider Lane where she will meet Colin, a drifter who, from personal experience, has learned that Society’s dictates of “must” and “will” serve only to define—and confine—the human spirit in a power-hungry world, filled with selfish ambition, where those who refuse to conform find themselves on the fringes of humanity.

“Cider Lane” by author Mark Hayes is steeped in existential questions of “being.” What is our purpose? How does one define Right and Wrong? And who exactly is it that deems himself/herself worthy of standing in decree of Right and Wrong? And why do we listen when those who pass such judgments are as human as the rest of us? In this book, Mr. Hayes has given us much to think about as Susanna and Colin come to know one another and discover that transcendence of soul and mind can be dangerous in an automated atmosphere of “musts” and “wills.”

5 stars!
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A well paced and interesting story, this is a good book to take on holiday. With detailed description and fascinating insights about the life of a gentleman of the road, this book will catch your attention and engage your interest all the way to the dramatic conclusion.
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The writer holds the reader's attention on two central characters as their story unfolds and their paths inevitably cross. Really it is the depth of Susanna and Colin that are the basis of the book and the reader enters their troubled lives and learns about their tortured pasts. The story itself is minimal and I didn't realise that a writer could hold my attention for so long revolving around tin openers, camp fires, erotic tension and the preoccupations of troubled souls. An absorbing, if somewhat melancholy, read.
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A book that you have to read more than once as you just keep discovering new little gems hidden with it.

Don't forget your tin opener is one word of advise
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I thoroughly enjoyed this incredibly compelling book, and it gripped me from beginning to end.

The author's ability to give you insights into the character's way of thinking and the damage they have endured to their mental health through their lives is something very rare: believable. The empathy that the two richly fleshed out main protagonists evoke makes the book an absolute page turner!
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An excellent read, thoroughly enjoyed it and very much looking forward to the next one 👍
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This is an interesting book. A good story and at times thought provoking, the characterisation is well done and the story well told. It is difficult to believe that this is a book from a first time writer.
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