During a burglary, a young woman is raped. The fact that her father made no attempt to protect her shatters the family more than the actual violation. When the rapist is freed, one of the family decides to apply their own justice....
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Almost the Truth Reviews
derek is at home when 2 burglars burst in. he is hoping they will not realise his daughter hannah is upstairs but it is not to be worse, he is tied up in the bathroom and one of them rapes his daughter hannah whilst he is powerless. they leave and then his wife janet returns so unfolds the events. hannah is traumatised and withdraws totally whilst blaming her father for not fighting back. she leaves college and works in scotland for a bird sanctuary and her parents marriage breaks down the burglars r caught and imprisoned but one - the rapist - is released 5 years later. yes he soon reverts to hid old ways and is rather a loose cannon but derek is determined to right the wrongs that took place in his house the thing that i found difficult to get my head around was the way that hannah could not forgive her family. surely it was better this way than if he had managed somehow to resist that he - and even she - would be killed? also the interpretation of police action was incorrect. they would not have held clive as he did not resemble the photokit and and also the dna would prove who the culprit was 3.75 stars bev
I bought this book ages ago and finally read it, when I decided to sit down and read all the books that I never read and were just collecting dust on my shelves. It's good. It is really really good. I am kind of mad at myself for not reading this sooner. But then again... when I bought this book I had not wuite 'matured' into my 'I kind of like chrime novels' - fase, so I guess I just weren't ready for this book untill now. I don't normally read a lot of books, where we as readers are introduced for the point of view of amost every character in the whole book. I kind of liked that Yorke did this in this book. It worked well.One thing I can't seem to make my mind up about whether I like it or not, is the fact that Yorke was very blunt about her opinions of the system. I mean, authors ALWAYS have second agendas when reading a book. That is kind of the whole idea behind the written word - people always have second agendas and ecspecially authors. They want to tell you have they feel and how they think you should feel about a subject. And they do that through a story. Ofte you have to analysize your way to the true meaning of the meaning of the book. You did not have to do that with Yorke. Her opinions were badly consealed behind a characters opinion. You could easily see that it was the authors honest opinion shining through. I think I am going to have to go with an F on that scale. It did feel kind of amateurs-ish - which I know you can't excactly call Margaret Yorke. But other than that: great book. And I LOVED that little spin in the end. I had not seen that coming.
Another good Margaret Yorke. Didn't guess the ending this time, and the English village life always a plus.
A shocking crime is committed against a family as two intruders break into the Jarvis’ rural home in Bicklebury with the intent to burgle, surprising father and daughter Derek and Hannah. One of the perpetrators – Barry Carter – takes things a lot further and proceeds to rape 19 year-old Hannah leaving her emotionally scarred for life. Unable to come to terms with the rape and especially the fact that her father did not fight to protect her, Hannah shuts off from her previous life and goes into the wilderness of Scotland, in a small community, working with birds. Here she seems to be able to bring some meaning back into her life, but her parents are obviously worried she is shutting off from the world. During this time their own relationship breaks down. Meanwhile Carter is released from prison, with no rehabilitation, and he is back on the rampage, this time committing even more shocking crimes including a murder of a young woman and another rape. Carter has a hatred for women, perhaps partically brought about by his upbringing and the violent men in his life. Carter gets in with another partner called Vic and they plan a profitable raid, but Carter can not cope with not being in control and he changes the plans last minute, going back to the village of Bicklebury, and raiding the house of the Jarvis’ friends. On the way he reveals his previous horrible deeds to Vic. It just so happens that Janet is looking after the house, along with 19 year old Carol (Hannah’s friend) when the two intruders break in. Carter is hinting towards what he is going to do to Carol when Vic turns the gun on him. Janet helps Vic tie him up and he takes him to a remote spot and leaves him for dead in the back of the car. The twist in the tale – something I guessed – is that Vic is actually Derek getting his revenge for Hannah. I was worried that we were supposed to believe that Janet would not recognise her husband; but she knew. I like the way you see the story from a lot of points of view, including that of poor Noreen, Carter’s mother.At times I wasn’t that keen of Yorke’s writing style as she almost tells you what you should be allowed to think yourself, for example telling you something was the right way to be done, when you could see for yourself it is. She also lacks emotion in the prose and it can feel quite clinical at times. Nevertheless, she spins a gripping tale, which is at times quite hard to take – violent and dark. The thoughts of the burglers and the way they target houses and find out whether the owners are at home, listening into holiday plans, funeral arrangements etc, is all too real and it really makes you think how easily you could be a victim. It is a very true to life story about the dark underworld, criminal but also very sick and damaged minds in society and the vulnerability of everyone, particularly women.I really liked the psychological side of the story, how Hannah became stronger and managed to forge a life out of what happened and would have liked more of this. The revelation that Derek had actually forced himself on Janet in the early days of their relationship came as a shock and added a whole further depth to their reserved and relatively cold relationship.I would have liked to have heard more of the story from Hannah’s point of view but that is probably just my personal taste for the psychological more than the action.
Wasn't totally blown away by this one - the style of writing and the way the story was told lacked emotion and passion for me, even though the subject should have given plenty of scope for it. A teenage girl is attacked and raped during a burglary but, in the aftermath, the greatest barrier to her recovery is that her father did nothing to prevent the attack - the author seems to be sending the message that, even when confronted with two armed men (one with a gun and one with a knife), a father should always try to stop any attack, even at the risk of exacerbating the situation and ending up getting killed - quite a dangerous message to send out, particularly in the light of more recent events (the book was written in 1994). Would certainly make some interesting talking points in a book group!
ivillage Y group read
My Mother-inlaw is a big fan of this author and this is the second book I have read by her. It was really very good and easy to follow with likable characters. Good read.
Älskar "alla män"-tvisten på slutet, inte den om vem inbrottskompanjonen var (den var förutsägbar) utan den andra...
Great subway reading!
An O.K. read but not memorable.