The Heart Broke in Paperback
by James Meek
Every action has a consequence. Bec Shepherd is a scientist struggling to lead a good life Ritchie, her brother, is a TV star with skeletons in his closet Alex wants a family if he could only meet the right woman...One man has the information to destroy them all.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/03/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857862921
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Review by Steve38
A pretty fair family saga version of a commentary on morals. Mr Meek marshalls a big cast of characters and winds together a couple of novel situations to illustrate moral dilemma. A father assasinated by Irish terrorists, a daughter and partner working in leading edge medical science. It all hums along but ends with a whimper rather than the expected bang. Having introduced a certifiably mad leading representative of evil Mr Meek allows him to just disappear in less than the proverbial puff of smoke. As happens all to frequently moral dilemmas are not resolved in a hard black and white way but descend into a mess of compromise, self justification and self doubt. Good - but with the end literally drifting away into the sand it won't make a decent film.
Review by bodachliath
A readable, enjoyable, complex and well-plotted story, exploring a number of different moral questions and conflicts, celebrity culture and the values of the media.