Review published on November 11, 2017.
This was a fascinating read and I enjoyed it. We follow a family of three boys and their father on a road trip through Europe. It turns out they are going to Zurich and Dignitas as the father has a terminal illness and has chosen to end his life before he becomes unable to do so. The novel beautifully captures moments of mundane detail with profound concepts around life and death. The characters of the three sons and their father are well defined and all very different, mixtures of endearing and frustrating characteristics but always seemingly realistic. Docx manages to present characters shifting from certainty to uncertainty about the end point of the journey. Their wavering determinations as the family interact and circumstances present themselves are portrayed with compassion and apparent honesty. Whilst the book deals with profound issues it offers an engaging story that is both thought provoking but also uplifting and sometimes light hearted. I was drawn along by the story and wanted to find out how it would end. At the end I’d too felt I’d been on a journey.
Charlotte Rothwell 4/3
Let Go My Hand by Edward Docx
Picador 9780330463522 hbk Apr 2017
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