Top positive review
Dark issues handled with compassion
20 December 2015
What Doesn’t Kill You has been written in such a way that it is uplifting whilst dealing with difficult and dark issues. It certainly isn’t an easy read at times but as a mother, a wife and a daughter, it made me wonder how I would react in Evie’s shoes. The author deals with the issues in an empathetic and realistic manner, reinforcing the importance of communication and understanding within the family unit.
Tess, the teenage daughter, was a story within a story and her troubled past which impacted on her present was handled with sensitivity. I felt a lot of compassion for this troubled, yet caring teen.
Although there are tough issues in this novel, Laura James keeps a tight rein on it all. It is a very powerful story which brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. Darker than the author’s previous novels but nevertheless positive and life affirming. What doesn’t kill you, in this case, certainly does make you stronger.