Friday, 3 January 2014

The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle

An astonishing novel from the acclaimed author of Keepsake that pushes the boundaries of storytelling. At turns shocking, provocative, and heart-wrenching, and inspired by a true story The Whole Golden World forces us to ask the question "How well do we really know our children?"

To the outside Dinah and Joe have a perfect family-three lovely children, a beautiful home, and a café that's finally taking off. But their world is rocked when it's discovered that their oldest daughter, 17-year-old Morgan is having an affair with her married teacher, TJ Hill.

Their town rocks with the scandal. When the case goes to trial, the family is torn further apart when Morgan sides not with her parents-as a manipulated teenage girl; but with TJ himself-as a woman who loves a 30-year-old man.

Told from the perspectives of Morgan, Dinah, and TJ's wife, Rain, this is an unforgettable story that fully explores the surprising, even shocking, events that change the lives of two families


Review
I picked this up after seeing it in a haul video, and i had high hopes for it. Telling the relationship of student/teacher affair , something of taboo topic, right up my street. So we start the story at the trial of the TJ(the teacher) and we travel back in time and learn of the events that led to the trial taking place. We see the narrative told through the eyes of three main characters. Morgan (the student) who to me, was an old soul and a very likeable character who just seemed a little lost in life, wanting to be a head of her years and reminding me slightly of characters i have met before. I instantly found myself warming to her and wanting to know why things had panned out the way they had for her. We are also introduced to Dinah, Morgans mum - who whilst she had strong characterists just didnt stand out too much to me, just a mum is the way to describe her. Finally we also meet TJs wife, Rain who is the lovliest character i have ever come across, all she wanted in life was to be a mum with her husband, and life didnt treat her to that. The narrative follows the story through the eyes of all these as the time passes and the events unfold.
Love is hard to find and easy to lose, same as anything small and precious
Riggle did a wonderful job of building the foundations of the relationships that occured in this book but for that reason it was a bit slow paced, i understand why she did it - but i wanted it to move a bit faster. However as the story panned out, i saw the reason why what was done. She made the characters beilevable and from the get go , i disliked TJ, there was something about him i wasnt keen on, he wasnt trustworthy and i am sure that was intentional.

The only thing was, when i finished the book i felt very lack lustre, most of my questions were answereed but i felt it was still a bit unfinished for me, although i dont know what i expected. I felt attached the characters and i wanted to know more of their life, but i just found it almost an anti climax for me, maybe it was because i got so sucked in and engrossed in the book itself. I cant really describe it. Overall though - it was a good read.

Rating
3/5

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