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- Print Length: 314 pages
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
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I enjoyed it and nearly missed my stop a time or two because I wanted to keep reading (I usually read to and from work on the train)
It's written in a series of time skips, important parts of the two main characters' lives leading up to first one and then another event... It's primarily about the friendship between the two of them and their relationship as a family, the events that bring them closer, and the ones that tear them apart.
Despite everything that happened(no spoilers...) I think both characters are likeable, and I understand Will's torn loyalties. I've seen a very similar split of loyalties in real life, and I really felt for Will and his situation.
If I have a complaint, it's that I wanted to carry on for a bit longer. I understand the reasoning behind it but I felt like there was maybe a scene or two missing. I can't imagine for the life of me what the scene should be exactly, though, so it's a minor niggle.
In theory, an extended family life that should be happy: holidays spent together in the family home, strong bonds and long-lasting relationships. But something is brewing underneath. Mark’s secret history is surfacing in unimaginable ways. And when he finally carries out the unimaginable, the unforgivable, the most horrific, he has only one friend left – Will.
When the time comes for that friendship to be tested, Will seems prepared to sacrifice his marriage and his place in the extended family in order to help Mark, his buddy from university days, to find peace and absolution.
Because the novel has an unusual structure, the reader gets to see the characters from different points of view, thereby allowing him/her to develop some (not much) empathy for Mark, despite his tragically dark side and the daemons that haunt him. And what is it *really* that drives Will to show ceaseless loyalty to a man so damaged?
Apart from the compelling plot, there are many other enjoyable aspects of Rowan’s Well, among them the vivid and often menacing descriptions of the Yorkshire countryside, coastline and weather. So much atmosphere!
Definitely a good book to curl up with on a cold, rainy winter’s night.
I am looking forward to reading more of cj harter novels in the future and hopefully wont take so long to do a review ,have met the author through various reading things and wondering how such a nice person could write such a book ( this is a compliment by the way ) given copy to my mum with strict instructions to read
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