Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A kind man, by Susan Hill

Gifted author Susan Hill keeps writing such wonderful books. At 185 pages, her latest offering, A kind man, is a short, easy read that is nevertheless haunting and thought-provoking.
The kind man of the title is Eve Carr's husband Tommy. Money is tight, but gentle, loving, hardworking Tommy ensures Eve has a happy life, in contrast to her overworked, overburdened sister. Their happiness is complete with the birth of their daughter Jeannie Eliza and their love does not change when the child suddenly dies at the age of three.
But grief takes its toll and Tommy becomes ill and is not expected to live. What happens next is so unexpected, so magical and so very Susan Hill.
I enjoyed this book so much and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any reader looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
Rating - I give this 4/5
Get this from the library
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch

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