One family, one town, devastated by one tragic event.
Can you ever know what those closest to you are really capable of?
When Stephen gets a phone call to say his mother isn't well, he knows he must go to her straight away.
But he dreads going back there. He has never been able to understand why his mother chose to stay in the town he grew up in, after everything that happened.
One day's tragic events years before had left no one living there untouched.
Stephen's own dark memories are still poisoning his life, as well as his marriage.
Perhaps now is the time to go back and confront the place and the people of his shattered childhood.
But will he ever be able to understand the crime that punctured their lives so brutally?
How can a community move on from such a terrible legacy?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 13/03/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755392230
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Review by seeword
Free finished paperback copy from author via blog raffle win at Scott Pack's Me And My Big MouthAs the title suggests, this is a dark story. In 2012, Stephen reluctantly returns to the village of his youth to visit his ailing mother. A tragedy happened here when Stephen was fifteen and he has spent his life trying to put it behind him. We know that it involved his family but the depth of the 1983 tragedy is revealed slowly as the novel progresses. The events of 1983 are told from three points of view: Stephen's, his mother Mary's, and his father Richard's.Vowler's pacing is exquisitely suspenseful both piquing the reader's curiosity and preparing us for the magnitude of what is to come.Hard, at times, to read but impossible to put down.