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An Honest Deceit Paperback – October 20, 2016
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About the Author
Guy Mankowski trained as a psychologist, working in a hospital by day and as singer of a signed band, Alba Nova, by night. His first novel, 'The Intimates' was a Must Read title for New Writing North's 2011 Read Regional campaign. His second book, Letters from Yelena, was adapted for the stage. His third novel, How I Left The National Grid, was a bestseller for Roundfire. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at York University, and holds a PhD in Creative Writing.
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Ben, Marine's father, is a teacher at a well known high school and loves his job. He is well respected by his students and teaching staff.
Unfortunately, the school gets a new headmaster, who is very power hungry and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. His attitude is you do things my way, or it is the highway! No one understands how he got the job as a headmaster when he doesn't even have a teaching background.
When Ben gets the call from his wife that their daughter took a serious fall during a school field trip, he is beside himself with worry. Both Ben, and his wife, Juliette, rushed to the scene only to be told that the police were searching for Marine but had not found her yet. They were told that Marine had fallen from a cliff about 100 feet down. When the police finally found Marine, she was dead. This created a lot of unanswered questions as to how this accident happened.
Ben is told by the headmaster that an enquiry will be forthcoming regarding what actually happened. The school enquiry came back after conducting their investigation that it was simply an accident. Ben does not find this to be acceptable answer and wants the police to investigate the case. The headmaster then tells Ben that he feels that he is not fit to do his job right now and puts him on leave.
There were rumors that the teaching assistant that was brought in at the last minute to help with the field trip had a criminal history of attacking young girls. This rumor was brought to the attention of the headmaster to investigate the situation, which he chose to ignore and hire the man anyway.
The police investigation revealed the same outcome as the school did about it being an accident. This did not set well with Ben, and he expressed this feeling to the headmaster. The headmaster suspends Ben from his duties because of his behavior. The headmaster continues to assassinate Ben's character and trumps up charges as to why he should not get his job back. Ben hires a lawyer to help him as now he has to appear before a formal hearing to decide if he is fit for duty.
To hear all the trials and tribulations that Ben went through, plus, the verdict of the hearing, you need to read the book to get the complete story.
This was the first time that I had read anything by this author, but I thought he did an excellent job in telling the story.
Ben and Juliette are obviously in pieces at the loss of their daughter. Ben realises he has to try and be the stronger one and go back to work and get some stability for his wife in the hope that she will waken from the darkness she is trapped in.
You would have thought that returning back to his teaching job he would have had the full support of the head master. This isn’t the case though and it makes Ben question the actions of the school over his daughters death when some information comes to light.
Kraver, the head master I took an instant dislike to. He is full of self importance and what matters to him most is the name of the school. He sees what happens to Ben’s daughter as a nuisance and tries his best to discourage Ben to take things any further. I really wanted Ben to pound some sense into him as he annoyed me so much.
This is very much a story of David and Goliath in that Ben has to tackle something way much bigger than him. He has to take on the school board and fight for his daughters death to be investigated fully. It is very much a story of suspense and the tension that builds throughout simply took my breath away.
An Honest Deceit is a nail biting and gripping read. It is one man’s fight for justice that has the reader by his side routing for him through out. Fantastic book and can’t recommend it highly enough.
My thanks to Netgalley and Urbane Publications for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
The searing pain of loosing a child is seriously unimaginable and I felt very saddened reading the first quarter of this book, just showing me how much emotion the author had put into his writing. As a parent myself I wholeheartedly sympathised with Ben and Juliette at their grief and their determination to expose the truth surrounding their 10 year old daughter Marine's death whilst on a school trip. I found myself championing Ben's cause to fight against Kraver and the 'school board' to have the investigation carried out correctly and imagine every reader would be too.
I haven't read anything by this author before and found his writing in this book very heartfelt and emotive and his prose beautiful. 'An Honest Deceit' will linger with me for a long time and I will probably hug my children a bit longer tonight. Although its a parent's worst nightmare this is a truly wonderful book and I highly recommend. It's obvious an awful lot of research went into this story and I will definitely read more by this author for sure. 4 stars.
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I liked this story, but it seemed to focus more on Ben and Juliette.Read more