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The View on the Way Down by [Wait, Rebecca]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

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The View on the Way Down is a novel that deserves to win awards as well as a huge readership. It’s a wise, honest, wonderful read that marks Rebecca Wait not just as a writer to watch out for, but one to appreciate now.’ Daniel Clay, author of Broken

The View on the Way Down is deeply moving – yet unsentimental – and profound, and has a family secret at the heart of it that will remain with you for a long time after you finish reading. It is a novel that needed to be written and which will touch many people . . . a fine achievement.’ Mark Gartside, author of What Will Survive

'The View on the Way Down is written with great sympathy and an aching tenderness. Rebecca Wait’s evocative storytelling is alive to the tragedies and miracles of everyday life, illuminating the grey area between protecting and deceiving the ones we love.' Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss

‘A wonderfully moving portrayal of love and pain with a mystery right at its heart. I defy anybody to read this book and not be touched in some way.’ Sally Brampton, author of Shoot the Damn Dog

‘Understated and compelling. I had tears in my eyes at the end.’ Morgan McCarthy, author of The Other Half of Me

‘Wonderfully written… highly sensitive… thought-provoking… ultimately uplifting.’ Bookseller

‘So compassionate, so heartbreaking. I found myself revisiting moments in this novel long after I’d finished reading it; the story wouldn’t let me go.’ Shelley Harris, author of Jubilee

'The writing is so lucid and poetically simple . . . the backstory is handled masterfully . . . The last few chapters build to a devastating climax, and as a reader you are caught in the undertow. It lingers with you, and for those who have suffered similar things, it echoes truth.' Guardian

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An astonishing and powerfully moving debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447224698
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUOABJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A great quick read! I read this in the plane and really enjoyed it!
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The View on the Way Down reduced me to tears. It made me think about my own two sons, now grown up. It is a story about a family , who are all falling apart in their own way ,after suffering a major tragedy. They cant help one another as they all struggle to come to terms with their grief. I felt so sorry for Jamie who becomes isolated from his family, living a solitary life. His mother too afraid of his fathers anger to find Jamie and help him. Then there is Emma, the younger sister who is having her own battles in school and cant confide in anyone. Please read this book and be grateful for your own children as I am.
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I read this book very quickly, I could not put it down. It is beautifully written and deals with a difficult subject so well. I particularly liked Emma the boys little sister. Surprisingly this is not a heavy depressing book to read although I did have a few tears while reading it. I shall definitely look for more books by Rebecca Wait.
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I read this book in one sitting, on the beach. I was down there by myself surrounded by people having fun in the sun and playing in the sea with tears streaming down my face, trickling below my sunglasses. It is a novel of a family imploding with grief, it feels like it happens in slow motion and yet it is a page turner as much as any thriller I have read. The subject matter is dark, she deals with depression, suicide, grief, betrayal, rage and misery and yet somehow there is a warm heart in the book and a quiet humour that shines through. I absolutely loved it. It is a stunning debut novel, if she can write like this at 24 I can't wait to see what she does in the next decades.
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I have to admit I nearly gave up but I am so pleased I persevered because when I reached part two the story really took off for me. The first part builds up the storyline focussing mainly on Emma, the youngest child, a teenager with problems at school. Her parents don't really hear her and Emma doesn't tell them because she knows that she is not heard. We learn that her eldest brother Kit dies and that Jamie the second born was sent away but not the full reason why. Part two continues with letters written by Jamie to his father and it is through these letters that we discover the truth.

Rebecca Wait handles her subject matter sensitively. She really delves into the impact such a tragedy has on each member of the family and how each character copes, or more realistically, does not cope. I very much liked the way she handled the subject of depression, mentioning the pain that sufferers feel but non sufferers do not or can not understand. In this part of the story the dialogue between the two brothers is very well written and as the reader I could empathise with both of these characters. In the same way, she explores how the family deal with the truth and the moral stance they take, also giving the reader a subject to think about. Highly recommended.
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By Vicuña TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 May 2014
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A visceral edge runs throughout this book. A family is pulled apart by grief in the aftermath of a suicide. It's a powerful dissection of depression; an insight into the world as seen by the one suffering the condition and the effect on close family.

The world portrayed in this compelling study is narrow, introspective and rather bleak. Although drawn into the story, it was difficult to empathise with the any of the characters. Two of the three siblings gave voice to events. Each parent added a few strands to the story. I found them all selfish and repressed, but despite that, there's enormous strength in a narrative which keeps the reader engaged. At times I found it almost unbearably dismal and hopeless. The pain was unremitting in parts. But time and again I was drawn back into the narrative which despite being bleak was totally compelling.

It's not an uplifting read, but it's incredibly well written and there is a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. I bought the Audible version.
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By A. Rose TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2013
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The subject matter, suicide, does not sound very appetising for a book but is not greatly depressing for the reader. This is a dual timeline type of story where we meet Jamie as an adult living away from his parents and also Jamie, his brother Kit and little sister Emma as children. This works well in that the reader can see where Kit starts to get life a little bit wrong, almost with a self destruct instinct even at a fairly young age. Emma, who can hardly remember her two brothers at home, has her own worries with having food/overweight problems and being bullied at school. Rebecca Wait gently takes us between each siblings own stories with their thoughts and frailties being at the fore. The actions of Kit has massive consequences on his family and how they see each others side of Kits death. There are a couple of side stories running alongside the main but all are a consequence of the main story of Kits suicide.

This book is well written and well put together to give a sensitive and, at times, emotional insight of a family struggling to come to terms with the suicide of a son and brother. Well worth a read.
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The View on the Way Down is a beautifully written story. It tells of a fractured family: Kit who died five years ago; Jamie who, unable to cope with his brother's death, left home five years ago and hasn't been seen since; Emma, their younger sister, struggling to cope at school; and their parents, Rose and Joe, drowning in their grief and resentment.

The story is told from different viewpoints, each of them written with great empathy and understanding. I loved Emma and her teenage woes, and Jamie came across as someone wounded by life. It's not fully clear until part 3 what has happened to the family but as the story unfolded I could not help but feel sympathy towards each character.

I loved this book. It's understated yet so full of meaning. A very moving, lovely, book.

Thank you to the publishers for allowing me to review this book through Netgalley.
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