That's all it takes - just one split second - to upend the lives of the five families and their community. Life could and would never be the same again. It's all too easy to imagine: a party - a car full of teenagers on their way home - a moment's inattention - a brick wall.
Viewed from multiple perspectives, this compelling story of an accident and its aftermath, thoughtfully examines the consequences of such a familiar and tragic event.
Many of our members found this to be a heart-wrenching read, there were tears, but most were unable to put this book down.
An easy read for a gloomy winter weekend, leaving us with much to discuss. The group was mostly very positive about the plot and characterisations. One person felt she couldn't read it at all, another that it was probably suitable for young adults - however many of our grandchildren, their parents and we "seniors" are all likely to be confronted with some of these issues at some stage of our lives.
General agreement that this book was well-written and thought provoking. Short chapters and sentences made it easy to read. Wide ranging experiences of characters and reactions to grief. All group members are organ donors.
Everyone enjoyed reading this book. The characters were well developed and it was cleverly written and constructed. A book we would recommend.
A harrowing start to this story. The author gets your attention from the first page, and you identified and felt empathy with all the families. The questions were very helpful enabling us all to discuss our feelings about very difficult decisions that had to be made.
Everyone loved it. Very thought provoking. Amazing discussion about donors as two members/family have been recipients. Great holiday read.
Everyone found it a very thought provoking read. Amazing discussion about donors. Two members have both been recipients. They told us how through another family's loss they had been given life. This was a great holiday read .
The group found this a confronting read, but well-written. Liked the way it presented the different characters' viewpoints.
Everyone seemed to enjoy reading the book in spite of the subject matter - close to home for us in Timaru, where 4 young men were killed in a five person crash here last year. Multiple narrative viewpoints helped. Not a huge discussion about many aspects of the book, but we touched on organ donation.
All agreed that it was such a terrible scenario to write a novel about, but it really depicted the range of grief and impacts on a group of people, families and friends. Written with so much compassion. This book is one that generated so much discussion as every one of us knows someone who has experienced a traumatic situation like this. We highly recommend this.
A very popular read. Everyone enjoyed this - great discussion resulted as our meeting was the day after the tragic accident near Picton.
Book felt very close to home, as most of us have teenagers who are driving. Good book, enjoyed overall.