- File Size: 1966 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1980433143
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 18, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BKTDNHH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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This novel is set in Gippsland, in Australia during the 1970s and 1980s. It’s about two boys, Daniel and Noah, about lives shaped and blighted by choices made by their fathers, and by themselves, and the consequences of those choices.
When Daniel is aged ten or eleven, his family moved from a farm to a small town near where his father has bought a service station. Daniel takes part in the work around the house and the service station, and for a while life seems okay. Daniel meets Noah, the son of the local policeman, and they become friends. There’s an incident that drives the boys apart. And then as business falls off at the service station, Daniel’s father becomes withdrawn and is home less often. Until one day, after a strange incident one night, when he disappears.
‘And I had to make that choice then, as a boy of eleven years old. A choice that would determine the rest of my life for good or bad, and carrying with it the weight that it could not be taken back.’
Daniel and his mother move away, but when Daniel turns eighteen he’s on his own. Daniel drifts for a while. Then he goes back, back into the past he thought he’s left behind to find out that there was a lot he didn’t know.
This novel is divided into three parts: Pride; The Fall and Reckoning. In each of these parts, Daniel is the narrator. In each of these parts, we learn more about the past. Daniel learns about the consequences of some of the decisions he’s made, and actions taken by his father.
‘For as long as I could remember, I had been running. From my mother, from my father, from Ian, from Bill, from Noah, from everyone in between.’
I don’t want to write more about the plot of this story because I don’t want to spoil it for other readers. There are a number of twists and turns in the story, perceptions change as Daniel learns what led to some of the inexplicable things he saw as a child. Will Daniel be destroyed by his past, or can he hope to survive? This novel has me wondering (more than usual) about the consequences of actions and the hand of fate.
‘We learn to walk in the footsteps of our fathers and after that, we teach our sons to walk in ours.’
Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this novel for review purposes.