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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743316682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743316689
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Engrossing. --Woman and Home



This is another wonderful and very thought-provoking story that I consumed in a single day. --The Sun



After the Fall is a gripping tale that would appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Joanna Trollope... A page turning book to while away a winter's evening. --Red Online on After the Fall



Original, wonderfully written and utterly gripping, this is a corker of a tale. --The Sun on After the Fall



Jodi Picoult had better look over her shoulder - she's got a new contender by the name of Charity Norman. --Sydney Morning Herald on After the Fall



Will appeal to devotees of Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picoult... [Norman] is hot on their heels. --Daily Mail on Freeing Grace



Easy to read, hard to put down, it'll move you to tears. --Easy Living on Freeing Grace

About the Author

Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years' travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand. Her debut novel Freeing Grace was published in 2011 and After the Fall was published in 2013 and was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Find Charity on Facebook at facebook.com/charitynormanauthor and on Twitter as @charitynorman1


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Charity Norman is a brilliant author, I will certainly be reading her other books. I usually read crime thrillers but I picked this up after my wife finished it and I thought I would give it a go, expecting to be bored with it after a few chapters. Well, I was hooked after a few pages! The characters are all richly drawn and totally believable from the young children to the court family liaison officer. The book is so well written and totally gripping that you forget this is a work of fiction. It is intense,sad,uplifting and joyous in equal measures. A truly outstanding novel. Read it, you will not be disappointed.
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I read this book in two days, it was gripping. The story opens with the awful event, but you don't know the circumstances leading up to it, yet. Its as though Charity Norman has thrown the rule book away, realistically speaking we join the story in the middle. We then gradually learn why/how the event happens as we also learn how those left behind cope with it. This is a story about ordinary people trying to deal with exceptional circumstances. The dad Joseph is not an evil person, he is not even a bad person. He is a person that has killed his wife. His wife's parents take in the three grandchildren whilest dad spends three and a half years in prison. When he gets out he understandably wants to see his kids and it is here that we take up the story. For the grandparents this is their worst nightmare after the death of their daughter.
This is the second book I have read by Charity Norman, and I am really looking forward to my next one
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I first discovered Charity Norman when I read her book, After The Fall - and if you haven't read it then please do, it was not only a Richard and Judy Book Club pick bit it is a fantastic read too, and one I would thoroughly recommend! So having enjoyed After The Fall, I was very much looking forward to starting on Charity's latest release!

Joseph Scott has recently been released from prison, and we soon learn that the reason he was there is that he killed his wife in front of their children. Hannah and her husband Frederick have been bringing up their grandchildren ever since Joseph took away their daughter from them.But now Joseph has been released, he is very keen to start seeing his children again, bit Hannah is determined that this will never happen...

I thoroughly enjoyed The Son-In-Law! Like After The Fall, The Son-In-Law was a book that had me intrigued from the first moments that I opened the book, and as the story progressed I became more deeply involved in what was happening and I could not put this down! I was up late at night desperate to get to the next part and I was often exhausted the next day - but it was worth it to find out a bit more!

The Son-In-Law is told from many different characters perspectives, and this is what makes the book so intriguing and compelling to read. At first I had the same thought that I'm sure many other will...he murdered his wife and committed a serious crime! But as I read on and learned things from the different perspectives, I realised that the story is not as straightforward as it first appears.

Charity Norman has really excelled with her characters, they came to life from the pages and they all seemed ever so realistic.
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I waited ages to download this onto my Kindle, it was on my wish list for ages waiting for the cost to come down, so once I'd got it I read it straight away. I've read a few Charity Norman books (The Fall being my favourite) and look forward to this with great anticipation. Maybe because of all of this I was a little bit disappointed, I loved the premise of the book but it never really lived up to expectations, I found everything a little bit predictable, although I kept hoping for a shock it never came. That said I've read much much worse books and I will read Charity Normans books in the future. I just think my expectations for this were a bit too high!
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I would rate this is one of the very best books I have read. The even handed portrayal of the characters was highly skilled. Of course Joseph's action was wrong but Norman managed to challenge us not to empathise with him, despite his action; with mother-in-law, despite her failure to be honest with Joseph, with Ben despite his tantrums, indeed with all bar, perhaps, Joseph's sister, Marie. One reviewer describes it is a simplistic portrayal of mental illness but that is NOT what the book is about: it is about the consequences on others of someone's illness. Had it been about Zoe's condition the start would not have been the one it was: her condition is not explored. Instead this is about people talking and, more importantly, listening to others, as exemplified by Lester (what a refreshing change to have a positive presentation of a 'social worker') and the delightfully eccentric Rosie.

This is a beautifully constructed novel: a bitter-sweet tale which avoids sentimentality whilst exploring the angsts of guilt, love, and bereavement, being a teen, being a tot and being old and dealing with all sorts of changes of paths through life. For the last third of the book my eyes were almost permanently moist and my tuts and sighs prompted my wife to read it too - to exactly the same acclaim.

Brilliant.

Here I come Amazon, to buy Charity Norman's others.
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