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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better Paperback – 1 August 2018
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; Export edition (1 August 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471126757
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471126758
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.25 x 23.4 cm
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The novel is tense and gripping from the very beginning. The fact that the journey ends in disaster is spelled out clearly upfront, but you have read it unfold to find out exactly what transpires. Danny's father is a complex character, not just a pantomime villain, and the way things play out seems realistic. It is all the little touches of mundanity within the drama of the narrative that keep it believable. It never descends into melodrama.
As always, Wood has delivered a book that is utterly compelling and hard to put down, well written and easy to read. Anyone who likes novels about crime or psychology is sure to enjoy this one.
The novel begins and ends with Dan as an adult, still trying to make sense of what happened as his father first fails to care for him as promised and then drags him from one miserable situation to worse ones before finally losing all control and finally abandoning his son altogether. Seen through Dan's eyes, his father, Fran, at first seems merely unlikable and feckless but as the story progresses the character disintegrates and becomes terrifying. It's all too believable and kept me on the edge of my seat to the end.
So, not a happy read but absolutely gripping.
(And, quite incidentally, I'd really love to read the full story of Artiflex if the author ever cares to write it :)
Competently written with a descriptive use of language, the events that start to reveal themselves stir the imagination. The last third is somewhat of a let down after all the tension that the author has achieved and the passages from the Artifex show are overdone, adding nothing at all.
Recommended though and a talented writer to look out for.