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The View on the Way Down by [Wait, Rebecca]
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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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This novel will open your eyes and break your heart. It is the story of Emma’s two brothers: the one who died five years ago, and the one who left home on the day of the funeral and never came back. It is the story of Emma’s parents, who have been keeping the truth from her, and from each other. It is the story of Emma herself, caught in the middle and trying to work out how everything fell apart. It is a story you will want to talk about and one you will never forget.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I start with three confessions.
1. I do NOT cry at books
2. I do NOT read books all the way through
3. I do NOT read soppy, "tear-jerking" books written for middle-aged women that only come to public attention when they get a five-minute slot on Richard and July or Loose Women

Now then, with that in mind, I read The View on the Way Down, expecting the same clichéd emotions used in countless other books to be trotted out by Miss Wait in a vagu attempt to move a few housewives. And I was stunned. This is not one of those sentimental, girly reads. This is a gripping tale of depression and suicide. The View on the Way Down is unsentimental and unsymapathetic; it's a harsh, stark reality of a family that's been destroyed. First destroyed by death, then by the secrets that surround it. Beautifully written and stunningly crafted, this book is an unbelievable debut. How a new writer can possibly come up with something so perfect- especially considering the whole thing was written in her spare evenings working as a TA -is worthy of a book in itself. The characters, contrary to some other reviews on here, are all instantly likeable despite the necessary darkness and emotion that surrounds them all. Clearly speaking from personal experience at several points Rebecca creates a scarily realistic image of the effects of depression, yet never takes the book to the really dark places she could have. And R.E. the first two confessions I made, I read this whole book in three hours, not even pausing for dinner. And I have no idea what the last page of this book says, my vision was so blurred with tears. I deny anyone to read this book and not be affected by it in some way. This is a book you will finish in a few hours, yet think about for months. Amazing and poignant.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
The View On The Way Down by Rebecca Wait will be published by Picador on 11 April 2013. This is the author's debut novel, she is twenty-four years old and she wrote the novel in the evenings whilst working as a teaching assistant the year after graduating.

I am really struggling to review this novel. I'm not a writer and I am finding it difficult to find the words to express just how much I loved this story.

A little about the story; a family; Mum, Dad and teenage Emma, struggling to deal with their lives after the death of eldest son Kit five years ago. There is one other member of the family; second son Jamie, who is estranged from the rest of them and living in a drab flat in Sheffield. Hundreds of miles away from his family and slowly descending into a world of his own. Young Emma has never really known just what happened on the night that Kit died and finds her comfort in eating and in Jesus until one day the bullying and the unhappiness gets too much and she sets out to find Jamie.

The real beauty and genius of The View On The Way Down is in it's simplicity, the ease of Rebecca Wait's writing captures the reader from page one and doesn't let go. However, don't be fooled by my talk of 'simplicity', this is a deeply moving and powerful story of a family that has been torn apart. Four people who have been changed by the same tragic circumstance, yet are dealing with it in four very separate ways.

Each character is drawn so beautifully, from Kit's darkest depths of depressive illness, to Emma's child-like naivety. The parents - Rose and Joe, so distant from each other, yet unable to let each other go.
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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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A View on the Way Down is a book with depth but not one without a wry sense of humour.

Part one is mainly told from Emma's viewpoint, a teenage girl who is a fervent member of the Christian Union; her world unravels when the `cool' girls decide to join. With life at school becoming ever more miserable she reflects on the death of her brother Kit and the disappearance of her other brother Jamie.

Later on in the book we get to see quite why and how this tragedy happened and why. We have insights into Jamie's life before and after Kit's death, his father Joe's response to the tragedy revolves around his shed and Rose his mother retreated into creating sumptuous dishes for the family, not helping Emma's weight issues. All these characters are well rounded, ones that I will miss now that the last page has been turned, which in my opinion, is the sign of a good book.

This is one of those books that truly earns the sobriquet poignant and although it keeps well away from being mawkish it left me with a real sense of sadness for the whole family. This book deals with a subject that most of us shy away from but Rebecca Wait handles all aspects with delicacy and a lightness of touch making it an accessible read.
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