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Powerful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-2021

This is beautifully written - the journey of a child, supported by extracts from official reports at the time, and commented upon by his adult self. It is tough and raw. It is the powerful journey of a child with a strong adult guide. An essential listen for anyone who ever needed, but did not have, a strong adult in their own journey.

Seriously not ok

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-2021

This book describes the suicide of bored 70/80 year olds - the characters are privileged, useful, and loved and needed by people, but are tired of not standing up to a gambling son, too spoiled / bored to suffer decline and to be there for family, and too selfish to consider the impact on, and role models provided to, those close to them of their suicide. Keneally’s glib statement at the end that this was written pre covid indicates that the author thinks covid has made the audience susceptible to suicide - but many people are already susceptible to suicide. Obviously the characters needed help and were stuck in their own world so they couldn’t see that and didn’t seek it. I can see no difference between their suicide and anyone else’s (eg their grand-daughter’s). If there was to be a statement at the end then it should have described the aftermath - eg that the stoic sons gave up, the gambler was unchanged, and the gambler’s daughter followed her grandparents 6 months later. Dangerous and irresponsible navel gazing by the author.

Great but end disappointing

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-2021

Great book - well narrated - unfortunately the end was poorly done - doesn’t match the characters - missing a chapter probably because the whole thing would fall apart upon realisation - characters developed then turned into B-grade cardboard cut-outs which differed to the people - I liked it until towatds the end when it became unreal and contradictory. Poorly developed.

Worth a listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-2020

Good book. Not particularly well written - but the story grabs you if you can get through the first part of it. The accents aren’t great but there aren’t many of them so it’s ok. It is very Anglo-centric - there is no interest in tracing the SAmerican family - not sure why? I enjoyed it.

Great journey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-2020

This book follows a journey - interesting. I would have liked more - eg more of the back story and emotional journey eg about her mother, and also afterwards. But it gave a great sense of the immediate.

Disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-2020

I can handle the repetitive phrasing. However it was disappointing and frustrating that it isn’t about what it says it’s about. Easy cop out ‘twist’.

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