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- Print Length: 328 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004IE9Z46
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like any other book or film, it needed to grab my attention from the outset and it certainly did not disappoint in that regard. Although significantly (ok, slightly) younger than the Author, the descriptive narrative outlining the young gentlemen and their early surroundings, had me recalling tales from my own childhood immediately, and left me wanting to discover more about each character.
What really worked for me though is the shift to the present day and the fact that questions were being raised so early in the book, made we want to turn the page (well, swipe the screen) to find out more.
The book seamlessly flits between eras in a way that captures the imagination without confusion, and provides unforseen twists and turns along the way.
Overall this is a superb read and I must offer compliments to the Author, coupled with apologies for waiting so long to give it a go!
The story cuts between the protagonist's childhood and the present; the tone is warm, funny reminiscence for the former and edgy, pacy crime writing for the latter, with the switch between the two during the protagonist's adolescence expertly handled. The evocation of childhood really is up there with the opening chapters of Sons and Lovers, or with The Go-Between: I laughed at these kids and I loved them. The sections set later in time did all that good crime writing should: it raced to a thrilling conclusion holding the reader in suspense right until the very end.
The use of two narratives, with a fifteen year gap in between, is convincingly used to explain how the characters became who they became. The child is indeed father of the man, and I really do commend the author because in his hands the device works: the way that the things that happen to these people as kids go on to shape their adult relationships and their adult lives is entirely convincing. We are left wondering at the pity of it, and with a few "if only's": if only this teacher had done his job, if only that mother hadn't always leapt to the worst conclusion about her son, if only certain adults had been more of what, in connection with children, they are supposed to be: responsible.
The author has said elsewhere that he wrote this a while ago, and hasn't written anything since. He should.Read more ›
It regularly made me laugh out loud.
I can't recommend this book enough,
Buy it and you won't be disappointed
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book a little confusing jumping backwards and forwards but kept reading. Funny at times but typical bulling behaviour good readPublished 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I love the way this story moves between the past and the present, It keeps the story moving at a good pace. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. J. F. Harker
Something about this book made you want to know what was going to happen next what made it even better was picturing all the local places some long gone.Published 17 months ago by Duffy
This book, was quite gripping right through to the ending, which was a surprise.
I would recommend this book. Alan Parkinson knows how to keep your interest.
Not my normal read but I did enjoys this, it was different and although a little violent l did smile at some of the antics the lads got up to. Read morePublished on 7 May 2014 by Lesgirl