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  • A great drama, emotional & thought-provoking

    Absolutely loved this book, the story is every parents nightmare but has you hooked almost from the get go. Definately recommend this novel!

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  • Not what I was expecting but not disappointing

    This book wasn’t really what I was expecting. I thought The Way Back would be a mystery cum physiological thriller, perhaps police procedural. Instead I got to read the dramatic story of a typical Australian family coping with an unbearably heartbreaking situation. This wasn’t a disappointment, I must point out. The book is presented in three parts: Before, During, and After. ‘Before’ introduces us to an ordinary Aussie family. Mum and dad, Rachel and Matt, big brother, Dan, and little sister, Charlie. Mum is the chief breadwinner, working in her high powered position that doesn’t leave enough time to spend with her family; Dad often does the housework in the day before working stressful night shifts as a fireman; Dan has no friends and spends most of his time in his bedroom playing guitar and coping with bouts of depression, and Charlie a chatterbox happy-go-lucky kid who’s trying to make her way through the minefield that is adolescence. Even though Charlie is starting to discover boys, her one true love for now is still horses. ‘During’ shifts the plot along to what happens when Charlie goes off for a ride and only her horse returns. There is no mystery as to where Charlie is or who takes her. We get the entire ordeal from Charlie and her kidnapper’s point of view. Her family, however, does not have this luxury and we get to connect with the overwhelming hopelessness they feel during her disappearance. The twist in this book, I believe, is that it doesn’t end once Charlie is found. This is, after all, where most books finish. Instead we get to read in just as much detail about what Charlie and her family go through ‘after’ she returns. Out of all the sections, this was the most interesting and poignant, I thought, and it really made the book something a little different and special. I think my favourite thing about this book is that it felt so real. No character (not even the kidnapper) or plotline seemed over the top. There are quite a few real life crimes mentioned in the book even. For Australians, the familiarity of the Daniel Morcombe case would make comparisons inevitable anyway. And I couldn’t help but be reminded at how strong that family is once again. The book and its characters feeling so real did mean I shed a tear more than once. Having kids myself around Charlie’s age did not help! Even though it was all harrowing, I still really enjoyed this book and would definitely read another Kylie Ladd novel. 4 ½ out of 5 Thanks to Allen and Unwin for supplying me with a copy via a Goodreads Giveaway. PS Someone suggested that this was a book for young adults. Maybe 16 plus if they are the more mature type. I know my 15 year old would never cope with it!

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