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.
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