Review published on September 7, 2017.
The Donnelleys should be united in grief when a tragedy hits the family; however, the three main women in Peter Donnelley’s life end up drifting far apart. The mother, wife (though not legally, much to Anne Donnelley’s dismay) and daughter deal with their grief in different ways and this book follows their individual journeys.
I really enjoyed this book and have not read anything quite like it before. The book is about the death of a loved one and the inevitable grief that follows. Lynch highlights the different ways people grieve and how families can end up even further apart during a time which should unite them. It is interesting how Lynch shows how an individuals path may change course so drastically in a short space of time. Issues such as religion, drugs, alcoholism, family dynamics and affairs all feature.
The characters are well developed and easy to relate to. At first I took an immediate dislike to Anne; however, the author manages to turn this around after detailing Anne’s backstory and giving an explanation for her behaviour. Sissy is a typical teenager who rebels against all she has known when she loses her father. Her journey to London and taking on the responsibilities of an adult whilst just turning 18 is painfully realistic. Lynch seemed to put less effort into the character of Jude which I was disappointed with. The author had a real opportunity to portray the grief felt when a partner dies and the prospect of becoming a single mother overnight.
This book is entirely honest and relatable, which was refreshing. Lynch writes beautifully and is straight to the point. There was no unnecessary dialogue or filler, everything is relevant which meant I did not want to put this book down. The ending fits perfectly and I wish I could read more about the Donnelleys.
Wildest of All by P.K. Lynch
Legend Press 9781785079290 pbk Sep 2017