More Than Us, Dawn Barker
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Parenting and Families
This was a fascinating read. I started thinking I’d just read a few chapters, and many hours later…..
I love books that make me think “what would I do if…” and here I fell quickly into feeling with Emily, adores her family and just wants Cam to be happy- and its clear he’s not. Problems are rarely in isolation though and its family issues that can play a big part in them, Cam’s issues play on family and create friction, Paul’s career comes to an end with injuries finally spelling the end and he reacts by spiraling into addiction, creating even more problems for Emily and stressing the family structure further.
When it comes to a head I so felt for them all, Cam so unhappy, tilly reacting as many pre teens would by controlling one of the few things she could, Paul and Emily both just wanted the best for their family, for their children to be happy and healthy but found themselves in very opposing views.
Would I do what Emily did? I don’t know – I suspect I would. What about Paul, he seemed to be doing what was best fort the family but it took him down what could be a dangerous road – and its one that’s very real, one I’m very cautious about. I can’t say more without giving things away but I could see how what seemed like the answer to a prayer, a great help could easily take over lives.
The only real issue I have with the story is that the ending felt very, very rushed and I wasn’t really convinced things would be different. Paul’s thoughts seemed to have taken a 180 overnight. I just couldn’t see him letting go of something that had him gripped as the answer to his family. It is possible, but it felt a little like St Paul on the road to Damasacus. ( Oh – same name, maybe that’s some clever allusion that missed me?)
Stars: Five, a wonderful read, breathtaking in places with superb pacing, keeping me glued to see just what happened next, wondering if there was a way this lovely, loving family could stay together, get through the problems they had.
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