I simply devoured 'The Other Son' in fact I read it in one sitting. With so many emotional layers, sharing different facets of the characters lives, and especially the main character - Alice, as a reader you feel utterly drawn in. You are at times rooting for them, other times annoyed or frustrated with them, but always fascinated...
This is a book that I can recommend on many levels. Not only is it beautifully written (as are all books I've read by Nick Alexander - he certainly has a gift) but it shows how each member of a family unit is damaged by abuse and how that harsh upbringing impacts their future relationships and what they consider acceptable and normal.
With sensitivity ‘The Other Son’ shows that despite growing up within an abusive environment we are all responsible for ourselves and and that happiness is attainable regardless of what life may serve.
Read it. It's totally rewarding. Even if bits are uncomfortable you will be thinking about it for days....
When I finished this book I went in search of more by this author as I loved his style of writing. Loved the book and was torn between the 4 and 5 stars. The characters are people you can like and dislike at the same time, particularly Alice. I found myself moving from feeling sympathy to irritation towards Alice, depending on the character's viewpoint of her but ultimately, as in real life, there are so many dimensions to her that she evokes both reactions and many more, as does each of the characters. I downloaded this book as a $0.99 deal and now I'm looking forward to reading another of Nick Alexander's books, whatever the price.
The things that happen behind closed doors - and closed minds. I found this book impossible to put down and was sorry when it ended. Great character development and an illustration of the walls people build to protect themselves.
This book is about a dysfunctional family and Alice who appears to be her own worst enemy. She has two sons, one married and financially well off, another son who appears to have a transient lifestyle and travels the world. As the book unfolds Alice starts to question herself, her marriage and what success means. A book that explores family life and what becomes the status quo.
I loved reading this book, the first book I’ve read by Nick Alexander. Being a book reading addict how did I miss finding this amazing author previously? I’m about to log onto Amazon and check out his other books.
I found the storyline a little prolonged at the start and couldn't quite see where it was all heading. I was frustrated at Alice's and Tim's lack of strength of character. But once the storyline moved to France and Bruno's character was introduced, the story came alive and everything seemed to all fall into place. I ended up enjoying it. I've also read and enjoyed The Photographer's Wife and I look forward to reading more of Nick's books.
I struggled with this story but kept going because it is so well written and prose of this quality deserves to be read. Eventually I got involved and the full strengths of the story made it a page turner. Very good read, very insightful. Thank you.
Another fantastic book by Nick. He takes you on a journey of a woman's discovery about herself and her family and along the way she discovers a strength of self determination that she didn't realize she had. A beautiful story of acceptance that leaves you feeling good.