A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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Make no mistake, as a thriller and a tense murder mystery – we are informed from the outset that our protagonist will never see his mother again – A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better is scarcely beatable, its plotting immaculate, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. I have a ridiculous amount of books sat on my bookshelves just patiently waiting to be read and I thought that this may be the perfect opportunity to finally delve into them.

But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran s mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son s life. The book starts off like any family drama, a steady rise in tension showing the aftermath of a family break-up. because the writing was good, the lack of the other 3 because it was like trying to walk through treacle, a sad slightly pointless plot, unlikeable characters.What can possibly go wrong when you dad shows up promising to take you on a trip to the set of the TV series he's working on? Yes, some of what happens did escalate nearly into the realm of farce as Francis got in deeper and deeper but the culmination of that side of things was indeed inevitable. On the road, Daniel listens to an Artifex audiobook, and passages from it augment the narrative but add nothing.

For the first hundred or so pages, I was convinced that this would be a highly rated book for me, but the lacklustre second half ultimately held it back. Driven by an implacable self-righteousness, he is ill equipped to deal with the least sign of failure and, as his best-laid plans go seriously awry, he ends up being transfigured into a full-on sociopath, while his increasingly desperate son watches.Francis is described as being two people; the gentle charmer and the distant, cruel man, his ex-wife describes him as being ‘two-weathers’ and you never quite know which one is closest to the surface.

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