By Luan Goldie
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On an ordinary Saturday morning in 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point wake up to their normal lives and worries.
Mary has a secret life that no one knows about, not even Malachi and Tristan, the brothers she vowed to look after. Malachi had to grow up too quickly. Between looking after Tristan and nursing a broken heart, he feels older than his twenty-one years. Tristan wishes Malachi would stop pining for Pamela. No wonder he’s falling in with the wrong crowd, without Malachi to keep him straight. Elvis is trying hard to remember to the instructions his care worker gave him, but sometimes he gets confused and forgets things. Pamela wants to run back to Malachi but her overprotective father has locked her in and there’s no way out.
It’s a day like any other, until something extraordinary happens. When the sun sets, Nightingale Point is irrevocably changed and somehow, through the darkness, the residents must find a way back to lightness, and back to each other.Tweet
Enjoyed this surprisingly easy to read story inspired by the 1992 Amsterdam air disaster when a plane crashed into a tower block of flats. There are 3 main parts: meeting the handful of characters we'll follow through the disaster; the disaster itself and then the aftermath and lifelong consequences for the survivors.
It is at times very funny and at others very sad; it is never maudlin. A warm and compassionate novel, it is a reminder that disasters are not just disasters at the time and while the world's media is focused on them but that they impact hugely on people's lives for ever afterwards.
You don't read this book, you live it and keep it in your bones. Truly an exciting new prospect if this debut novel is any indication.
A brilliant and powerful piece of storytelling