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Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft

The Far End of HappyThe Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


PHEW! This is one hell of a powerful book with a message. Its a work of fiction but by God its near to truth.

People can say suicide is the easy route out. I disagree.

I have been involved with two suicides in my life. None of which I was aware of anything wrong. That's just the point! Depression is not someone going along with a long face, its not someone who is 'fed up' its not someone who stays in bed hiding under the duvet for a day or two. No, this is real serious in depth 'carry on an normal' acting human nature, raw emotions buried from the world.

Here is a man. His wife is ready to call a halt to their marriage. They have 2 children. She takes it very calm and precise.

On the other hand, on the day when he was to move out, he is found with a gun in the barn. He's locked himself in.

Ronnie [the wife] is trying to protect her children from the knowledge. She calls her Mother to come to take the kids. She calls the Police.

Jeff [the husband] has been having an unhealthy relationship with alcohol for some time. He's even driven.

I can taste the 'I don't care' feeling that Ronnie seems to have towards the husband she has called 'time' on.

Has anyone even sat with Jeff to find out what is going on in his mind? Does anyone care?

The Police arrive and all precautions are put into place to protect Ronnie, her Mother and her children. Just incase Jess turns around on the family.

Its a tense nail biting situation. BUT, its also a deep look inside yourself. Is it the end of the marriage that has driven Jeff to suicide?

At the time of reading this, its made me aware that anyone, anyone at all can get into a situation of live when things just become too much.

There is a stand off suicide event where the Police cannot rush in, and where Jeff is not ready to come out.

This book will keep your attention 100% its a fact of life that every 10 minutes or so, someone else takes their own life. Its not the easy way out. Its the ONLY way out that a person can see to cope.

What happens to the ones left behind?

If you, or anyone you know has gone through this, you will know, no amount of blaming yourself will make it better. Suicide is a 'hidden' agenda. I am not talking of 'threatening suicide' I am talking of the silent suicide.

Kathryn Craft has woven a book that will keep you turning pages and keep you on the edge of your seat throughout, then on the last page, make you think.......truly think.......

I would like to thank the author for writing such a wonderful book on a really serious aweful subject, but one that must be talked about more often IMHO.

I would also like to thank SOURCEBOOKS Landmark via Net Galley for allowing me the pleasure of reading and reviewing this book.

Twelve tense hours, three women, and the suicide standoff that turns one family's little piece of heaven into a scene from hell

After enduring years of a struggling marriage, Ronnie Farnham has decided to divorce her husband and is beginning to hope for a happy future--until the morning Jeff is supposed to move out, when he locks himself in their barn with a rifle.

When a massive police presence arrives to control the 12-hour stand off, the women in Jeff's life are pushed to their breaking points. Based on the author's harrowing personal story, The Far End of Happy is a powerful novel about the way one man's spiral towards life's violent conclusion tests the resolve, love, and hope of the women he will leave behind.

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