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on 20 July 2011
Meet the Graham family in Dublin. A solid, happy family of four, Lynda, Robert and their children Ciaràn and Katie, barely out of teen hood. A lovely house in the suburbs, good jobs to keep them going. Ciaràn is the only one that has some problems, he is rebellious and hostile most of the time, but who isn't when 19? Until he befriends Jon at the university, who has a great and positive impact on him. Jon himself comes from a desolate background and his parents do not care about him. For the time being, he is allowed to stay with the Grahams and they welcome him with open arms.
Jon's arrival coincides with a series of unpleasant episodes that influence and affect their balanced and safe life. Lynda seems the only one to have a sort of "puzzled" vibe about Jon, despite his being so nicely behaved at all times, almost to good to be true, although she is too distracted by the escalating unpleasant events to dwell on her feeling, until she shakes it off for good.
What is happening in their ordinary, uncomplicated life is shaking everybody's ground. Lynda is convinced it is something from the Past looming to haunt them all. Could she possibly be right? Her trusting husband Robert at first disregards Lynda's comments. But as the events take more serious turns each time, he is forced to face the truth. Something set in stone and never forgotten is back again.
In my opinion, definitely a beach read, quite a page turner in that "page-turning" way books without much substance but with a fairly good plots have. Not a thriller at such, and quite easy to discern a pattern from the beginning that only the protagonists did not see, until it hits them in the face. So to speak.
My true vote: 3.5 stars.