Friday Favorite – Guilt by Joan Ellis

Guilt by Joan  Ellis
by Joan Ellis (Goodreads Author)
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EXCERPT: You died in April 1965,a month before your fifth birthday. You were probably dead long before Mum downed her third gin with Porky Rawlings.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Seven year old Susan is alone with her younger brother when he dies of an overdose.
The Guilt informs the rest of her life.
When it threatens to destroy not only her but her relationship with her new baby,she must revisit the past to find the truth.
What she discovers is as horrifying as it is magical.

MY THOUGHTS: Once started, I was unable to put this book down and read it in one sitting.

I have never before read anything by Joan Ellis, but I will be reading more. She captivated and horrified me with her story told from the child, Susan’s point of view speaking to her dead younger brother Mark.

Susan has always believed it was her fault Mark died.

It couldn’t be her father’s fault – he was at work.

It couldn’t be her mother’s fault – she was out too, with her lover.

That just left seven year old Susan at home looking after four year old Mark.

She leaves him alone to answer the phone, and when she comes back he is dead.

This is not an ‘easy’ read – it will tug at your heartstrings. It will haunt you. You will not be able to stop thinking about what you have read as we follow Susan into adulthood and watch the effect her dysfunctional family and the guilt she carries for Mark’s death shapes her adult life.

Thank you to Booklover Catlady Publicity for the e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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