Over by Margaret Forster

About the book

Don and Louise’s eighteen-year-old daughter Miranda has died in a sailing accident. While Louise takes steps to move on with her life, Don cannot come to terms with the chain of events that led to her death. Instead, he is determined to bring someone to account. The surviving children handle the loss of their sister better than their parents, but what they can’t handle is their family being torn apart… Taut, heartbreaking and immensely moving, Over is a novel about love and loss, grief and hope, pain and resolution, and about what happens to human beings when tragedy strikes like lightening.

Reviewed by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Club:

A sad, tragic novel. Well written from the point of view of the grieving mother. The story of the accident gradually emerges. It portrays how members of a family deal with their loss in their own, quite different ways and the effect then on the other members of the family.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “Over by Margaret Forster”

  1. Review by The Benches Reading Group:
    A familiar author to some members and ‘over’ was well received, promoting detailed discussion. The narrative flowed easily, character description was good. Although the mystery of the disappearance of Miranda was not completely satisfied, we did not feel the novel was sufficiently captivating to enthuse it to other readers.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by King’s Somborne Reading Group:
    Most of us found this a quick and easy read, but despite seeming simple and straightforward, the character portrayal was complex and we could see everyone in the family coping in their own way with grief.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Goodworth Clatford Reading Group:
    A very well written and thought provoking book. This led to a very detailed discussion about grief and its ramifications.
    Star rating: ****

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