Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

The Banks of Certain Rivers starts off slow and then builds up into a story worth reading, however the ending is a bit too tidy for my liking.

A freak accident has left, Neil's wife, Wendy in a permanent, vegetative state and he is left to raise their son on his own. His mother-in-law is descending into dementia and he has secretly been seeing her caregiver for the past two years and then .... an unexpected development throws yet, another curve ball, Neils way. Neil has a lot on his plate, more than he ever bargained for.

If things weren't bad enough, Neil abuses alcohol as a means to cope, a secret he thinks his son knows nothing about. 

This is a character driven novel. The emotions are real and raw. The relationship and scenes between Neil and his son, Chris are by far my favorite and the most moving. A major theme in this book is the relationships between sons and fathers. This is a story about love, loss and family. I look forward to more books by, Harrison.

Grade: B-

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