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    No words convey how this moved me

    The way this book and it’s incredible author play out choices - the hardest decision - left me not questioning but in awe of how she captured human reactions and emotions. For every action there is a reaction
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    Thought provoking lovely story

    What a wonderful thought provoking story ! As a neonatal / paediatric nurse, i have on several occassions, sadly been part of situations exactly like this when parents have been faced with the devastating decision of ending their childs life by agreeing to discontinue their life support The bravery and courage that they show is phenominal in times of unbearable grief I have also been into court with Consultants to present cases from a nursing prosective, when parents do not wish to give permission to allow their critically ill premature baby to die..This book is so sensitive, accurate and well written and having read the last pages, its heartbreaking to realise why..to all those parents out there, i admire your courage, i cry with you..
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    A heart breaking read.

    I have read all of Clare Mackintosh's books to date and have enjoyed them all. I was hooked from the beginning with this one even though it was a heart breaking read - it is beautifully written. However I did start to get a bit irritated with the second half of the book trying to keep track of the two separate stories.
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    Well written but deeply disturbing.

    I found the story harrowing and only finished it because it was our book club choice. Well written and researched. I also disliked the choice of endings.
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    Heart Wrenching

    Well this was a surprise, albeit a positive one. Based on Clare Mackintosh’s three previous books I had anticipated this would be another thriller but whilst this is certainly a page turner it is a heart wrencher rather than thriller. A book of two halves this is the sad tale of parents Max & Pip faced with an impossible choice regarding their desperately sick son Dylan, unable to agree on what they believe to be the best course of care for him and so they are left with no option but to let a Judge rule on Dylan’s future. The first half of the book tells of Dylan’s illness and struggles and his parents battle to do what is best for him, the second half of the book tells of life after the Judge makes his ruling. Told alternately from the perspectives of Max & Pip (and on occasion their doctor Leila) this is a very well thought out story, most especially the second half of the book, and Clare Mackintosh has skilfully woven her way through Max & Pip’s lives dealing with an impossible aftermath. The style of the book reminded me of Jodi Picoult and whilst it’s a huge change from Clare Mackintosh’s usual style it’s a very natural fit for her writing, reading the authors note at the end went a huge way to understanding her motivation behind this story too. Not an easy subject to read about however I don’t thing this feels like a negative book, hard going and emotional yes but certainly not depressing, Not one for a light summer read but very much well worth reading.

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