Wednesday 4 May 2016

Review: The Wacky Man by Lyn G. Farrell

The Wacky Man by Lyn G. Farrell
Publisher: Legend Press
Release date: 2 May 2016
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: My new shrink asks me, ‘What things do you remember about being very young?’ It’s like looking into a murky river, I say. Memories flash near the surface like fish coming up for flies. The past peeps out, startles me, and then is gone… Amanda secludes herself in her bedroom, no longer willing to face the outside world. Gradually, she pieces together the story of her life: her brothers have had to abandon her, her mother scarcely talks to her, and the Wacky Man could return any day to burn the house down. Just like he promised. As her family disintegrates, Amanda hopes for a better future, a way out from the violence and fear that has consumed her childhood. But can she cling to her sanity, before insanity itself is her only means of escape? 

The Wacky Man is possibly one of the most important books that I've read so far this year. The subject matter is tough, but necessary.

Light reading it is not, but this novel's length makes it readable without being too dark.
The Wacky Man details Amanda's early life and the events leading up to her isolation in her bedroom.

As the youngest child, and the only girl, Amanda was the black sheep of the family from the moment she was born.

Amanda's Father Seamus, comes from a large stereotypical Irish family, his wife Barbara has never been 'good enough' for his family. From the moment they are married Barbara struggles to control her husband's moods.

When the Twins, come along Barbara trusts that she is doing the right thing for her family by staying with her husband.

And then Amanda arrives, a noisy, demanding baby who seems to bring out the worst in her Father...

I don't want to say too much more about this novel, as I don't want to ruin it for anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of reading.

I will be hosting a Q & A with Lyn G. Farrell, Author of The Wacky Man on 6th May.

The Wacky Man is available from 2 May 2016.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online and Legend Press.

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Thank you to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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