This Beautiful Life, Paperback

This Beautiful Life Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


It could happen to any family...What if it happened to yours? When the Bergamots move to the city, they're unsure how well they'll adapt.

Soon though, Richard is consumed by his new job and Liz, who has given up her career, is hectically playing mother to six-year-old Coco and fifteen-year-old Jake.

But the day Jake unthinkingly forwards a sexually explicit email attachment sent to him by a young girl is the last day of the Bergamots' comfortable middle-class existence.

Within hours, the video clip is not only all over Jake's school, but all over the city - and all over the internet.

Faced with impossible choices, what Richard and Liz do next risks destroying not only their marriage, their daughter and their place in the community, but also Jake - the child they have set out to protect.




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I have had this book on my Wish List for a while so I was delighted to receive an advance proof copy. In my opinion, there were two main themes in the book. Kids are under so much pressure these days to grow up far too quickly and lose their innocence. Also, technology now is such a big part of most of our lives these days that we've forgotten where the boundaries should lie. A person can make a mistake and instead of it being an issue for a couple of days, maybe a week in their town, with all this technology the details can be forwarded on to millions of people and end up becoming a front-page news story. I thought the author dealt with these really well. What I liked about the book is that it made me think - it would be a really great pick for a book club. I didn't connect as much with a couple of the characters and there was one passage that I felt was needlessly graphic but overall a really, interesting read.