The Kindest Thing
This story had me gripped from the start, it is the sad tale of one woman's struggle, leading up to and struggling to cope with, her husbands death. His death however is planned and staged by the two of them, after they learn that he has contracted Motor Neurons Disease. This book is centered around the traumatic subject of euthanasia. Deborah helps her husband to end his life, then tries to cover up what she has done, only to find herself arrested and on trial for murder.
Did she do the kindest thing?
Deborah is 50 years old, torn between what is right and what is the kindest thing, she loves her husband and her children very much. Neil her husband has been her childhood sweetheart from college, the pair share a very deep and meaningful relationship. They have two children, one of which has problems of his own, since being a child he has struggled to learn and basically cope like any normal child. Their daughter, the younger of the two, loves her father very much and is suspicious about his death from the start.
The story tells how Deborah struggles to decide what's right, what's best. We see the story from her point of view as it flits back to various times in the past, good and bad, happy and sad. We are eventually led to her court case, where her trial is spread over several days.
But there is so much more going on in Deborah's head, her mothers death, her fathers death, why her brother kept something so important from her for so many years.
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Publisher: Robinson (27 May 2010)
Author: Cath Staincliffe
I downloaded this book from Amazon, ages ago and just didn't bother reading it straight way because it wasn't a true story, I usually like to read true life experiences, whether good or bad, so I wasn't in a hurry to read this one, but I really wished I had read it sooner because although this is a work of fiction, it is written so well and it all seems so convincingly real, my heart went out to Deborah as I read this book, I was totally sucked in and could quite easily have believed every word that was written.
Cath Staincliffe has done an excellent job with this book, she manages to suck you in to the story, describing everything with such detail you can actually imagine yourself right there witnessing everything that is happening as it is written. Many things are described with such precise detail, Cath Staincliffe describes Deborah's sexual experiences with her husband, as Deborah thinks back, and this is not done in a seedy underhand way, no, the way it's described is just, acceptable I don't know how else to describe it, but the way it's explained in this book is in a way that proves to you that sex can be talked about in a beautiful loving way, even if intricate details are described, it doesn't have to appear crude or dirty. But like all Cath Staincliffe's descriptions, throughout the book, they are described so well, you can almost hear what Deborah hears, see what Deborah sees and worst of all you can almost feel what Deborah feels, especially when the deadly deed is actually being done and again during her trial.
I could feel Deborah's heartache and pain, as she eventually gives in to what Neil (her husband) is begging of her. This book will not let you put it down, you will have to keep reading, you will just have to know what is going to happen to Deborah at her trial. Suspense, heartache, anger, grief, sadness, happiness, resentment, hate and love, are just some of the emotions you will experience while reading this book. I was left guessing right up to the end, what would happen to Deborah, and I savored each and every page, this book was, in my opinion, excellent.
I think this book would make a fabulous film, with the right actors playing the vital roles of course. But then again, so many books are ruined once made into films, the film makers just tend to take a good book, cut it in half, miss all the best bits out and use really useless actors to play the main parts. No maybe this one is better left just as it is, a wonderfully written book, that leaves nothing out.
I cannot rate Cath Staincliffe high enough, this is the first book of hers I have read, and I will definitely be reading more from her.
It just leaves you thinking what would you do in Deborah's situation.
I give this book 5 stars because I think it is a work of genius, fabulous.
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