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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Without Alice




By D J Kirkby

‘Without Alice’ is a story filled with real emotion. As you follow the main characters you get to experience with them love, hate and everything in between.

Stephen has a secret. A very big one, and as you read ‘Without Alice’ you will become aware of the nature of his secret and its deep repercussions. As the plot unfolds, you discover how his life with his wife Jennie and son Marcel is only part of his story. Slowly the reader discovers how his life means nothing without Alice.

This novel explores some important and timeless themes. It covers childbirth, motherhood, family, fatherhood and friendship. It highlights how all of these can come under strain from the pressure of lies and secrets.

The story of ‘Without Alice’ is fast-moving and gripping. I found myself wanting to read ‘just one more chapter’ before I could put it down.

The reader is finally rewarded with an ending which brings all the strands of the complex plot together in a satisfying conclusion.

‘Without Alice’ is published by new publisher Punked Books and you can buy a copy here.


Reviewed by Helen M Hunt

8 comments:

DJ Kirkby said...

Thank you for this lovely review Helen. I'm glad you enjoyed reading Without Alice.

Megan said...

sounds compellng - looking forward to it very much

Debs said...

Great review.

I loved this book so much, it was such a compelling story. Congratulations to DJ.

Talli Roland said...

Great review - thanks Helen! I really enjoyed reading it, too.

DJ Kirkby said...

Megan,
I am a little nervous about you reading my novel because you are one of the authors I admire so much!

Hi Debs
Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you! Your support means a lot.

Hi Talli
Looking forward to spending time at your blog :)

Kath said...

Great review, Helen. I can't wait to read this. I'm halfway through DJ's memoir From Zaftig to Aspie, which you also reviewed, at the moment and loving it.

Suzanne Jones said...

Great review.

XX

DJ Kirkby said...

Hi Kath
I'm so glad you're enjoying From Zaftig to Aspie.

Hi Suzanne,
I agree :)