Never Say Goodbye Paperback – 21 Dec 2011
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''If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, this one's for you'' --Irish Independent
''Dark, gritty and addictive, this is definitely worth a read'' --RTE Guide
About the Author
Linda Kavanagh has been a journalist and writer for over 30 years. She spent fifteen years as a staff sub-editor and feature writer with the RTE Guide, and wrote travel and health columns. Her previous novels include Hush Hush, Love Child, Love Hurts and Time After Time.
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Claire inherits her late mother's old cottage, her childhood home. Whilst there she discovers the diary of her sister Zoe who drowned thirty years ago when she was just 13. The diary horrifies Claire as she realises Zoe was brutally bullied by four girls in her class which drove her to her death.
She decides to seek revenge on these women, now in their forties and all leading seemingly happy successful lives. But there seemed to be little focus on this, and more on the lives of the four women and their families, in fact I would say a large proportion of the book centred around the husband and daughter of one of the four. Interesting enough, but not quite sure what the point of it was.
As Claire makes certain discoveries toward the end of the book about some missing pages in Zoe's diary, the horrifying truth emerges.
Although it wasn't what I expected, I did enjoy this book and would recommend it.
This book has everything. The reader is drip fed information following the story through Zoe's diary.
30 years later following her mother's death her sister Clare sets about unraveling her sisters life to find out what really happened surrounding her suicide and vows to take revenge on her perpetrators.
Zoe was desperately trying to keep her family together and safe from the authorites but as her heart wrenching story unfolds it becomes clear that other life events were more to blame for her fragile state of mind and her horrendous childhood.
A sad but beautifully written story. I will be reading more by this author.
My first stumbling block was the overly simplistic style of writing which reduced the majority of the characters to one dimensional figures lacking in any real depth. My second disappointment was the appalling dialogue between the characters. Within two minutes of meeting at a school reunion after 25 years, one woman charmingly tells the other that she is "Still a snooty po-faced cow" and, in turn, receives the retort "Once a bitch, always a bitch"! I find it very hard to believe that any forty-something women would behave in such an ill-mannered and juvenile way, no matter how bad the relationship between the pair had been during their school years. From this point on, the book lost all credibility for me and the writing seemed to descend into something half way between comedy and melodrama ..... by the bucket load!Read more ›
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Good story but took a while to get into. Had a twist at the end that I didn't expect. Would recommend.Published 9 months ago by Beverley sloman
Omg an amazing book, loved it kept me guessing on every page , I had never read her before but would recommend herPublished 23 months ago by ann maher
Forgettable,cant even recall what it was about.Cant think of anything else to say and you want lots of words.Ho humPublished on 15 Oct. 2013 by ruth benzimra
Loved this book. Started it on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. Good story line and characters quite believable. Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by lucy
Not the best book I have read, but it definitely holds one's interest throughout. Worth a read, although I do not feel I would ever re-read it in the future.Published on 29 April 2013 by Geordie girl
Didn't know what to expect at the beginning of this book. I could not put it down, had to read well into the small hours to find out the truth. Not what I expected. Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by bonniesmum69
Loved this book, the story was intriguing, the ending totally unsuspected - woven in many twists and turns can't for some the next book to be available on kindlePublished on 21 April 2013 by Lady-Anna
I persisted to the end even though I found the style synonymous with what a 10 year old child could produce. Read morePublished on 16 April 2013 by Ms. Elizabeth A. Budgen