John Docherty’s mother has just been taken into a nursing home following a massive stroke and she’s unlikely to be able to live independently again.
With no other option than to sell the family home, John sets about packing up everything in the house. In sifting through the detritus of his family’s past he’s forced to revisit, and revise his childhood.
For in a box, in the attic, he finds undeniable truth that he had a brother who disappeared when he himself was only a toddler. A brother no one ever mentioned. A brother he knew absolutely nothing about. A discovery that sets John on a journey from which he may never recover.
For sometimes in that space where memory should reside there is nothing but silence, smoke and ash. And in the absence of truth, in the absence of a miracle, we turn to prayer. And to violence.
This week’s Tempted by … is a book I bought on the recommendation of Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek. The book is In The Absence of Miracles by Michael J. Malone and it was this review that encouraged me to pick up a copy.
The review attracted me to the book because it is obvious that Drew was completely captivated by both the story and the story-telling, which are two very different but equally important things in any novel. The premise of the book itself would have grabbed me, but Drew’s detailed dissection of exactly what it was that pulled him in to the story and held him fast in his grasp really brought the book alive and persuaded me that I absolutely needed to read it. The review was also quite lyrical in its prose, a joy to read. I know some people don’t like reading long reviews but I love to find out exactly what aspects of a book readers loved and which were less successful.
Drew always writes very passionate and heartfelt reviews, fully imbued with his own personality. I’ve never met him, but I honestly feel like I know him through his blog posts, and they are always entertaining and persuasive. if you don’t follow Drew’s blog already, you should remedy that oversight immediately. You can find him at The Tattooed Book Geek.
And, if after reading Drew waxing lyrical about the book, you would like to read In The Absence of Miracles for yourself, you can buy a copy here.