The Reckoning

The Reckoning The novel is set in contemporary America and is narrated by Cate a teenage girl Cate has been raised on the run by a homeless drifter called Les who abducted her from a campsite thirteen years befor

  • Title: The Reckoning
  • Author: Patricia Tyrrell
  • ISBN: 9780297848912
  • Page: 449
  • Format: None
  • The novel is set in contemporary America and is narrated by Cate, a teenage girl Cate has been raised on the run by a homeless drifter called Les, who abducted her from a campsite thirteen years before Over the years, out of a warped sense of responsibility, Les has occasionally telephoned Cate s mother, to update her on her child s progress But as the novel opens he riThe novel is set in contemporary America and is narrated by Cate, a teenage girl Cate has been raised on the run by a homeless drifter called Les, who abducted her from a campsite thirteen years before Over the years, out of a warped sense of responsibility, Les has occasionally telephoned Cate s mother, to update her on her child s progress But as the novel opens he rings to tell the confused and grieving woman that he is finally bringing her daughter home Cate has done something so terrible that Les has belatedly understood the moral consequences of his actions years before But how will Cate cope with learning to love a mother she can t remember, and with learning to despise the man she has come to consider as her father And how will her English mother square the memories of her three year old daughter with the hard bitten, cynical, white trash teenager who turns up on her doorstep And what will happen to them both when the awful secret Cate is hiding is brought out into the open

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    1. This book took quite a while to get through, though perhaps not quite as much as my reading dates suggest. I first picked this book up on the 15th of December and got about 6 pages into it before realizing that if I didn't start my next Book Club book, I'd not finish it in time, so I put this one down. The thing is, I didn't immediately pick it back up after that, not until April-ish. Then I read it fairly quick until I was about 7 pages from the end. Not wanting to spend most of my commute with [...]

    2. A very readable book on a difficult subject. Suddenly you have a fifteen year old daughter - one you haven't seen since she was 3. Book concentrates on the very difficult build up of trust between a mother and daughter who have lived very different lives. A different approach to the subject of child abduction.

    3. In my opinion, the grammar of the book is horrible (but I'm not an expert in this area). Apart from that, the story is quite original, although it could be longer! Interesting subject.

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