Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain

About the book

What if your child was accused of mass murder?  When the local church is razed to the ground, dozens of trapped children manage to escape – many helped by fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood. Born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Andy is more like a little boy that a teenager, but in the eyes of the people he saved, he’s a hero. Laurel lost her son once through neglect and has spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes. Yet when suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son – and how far she’ll go to protect him.

Reviewed by Cliffhanger Reading Group:

Characterisation generally good. Felt the author had dipped into her casebook, rather to select people with problems. Plot rather unbelieveable in latter part of the book. None of our group felt inclined to read another Diane Chamberlain book.

Star rating: **

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2 thoughts on “Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain”

  1. Review by Happy Readers Reading Group:
    Before the Storm was a good read – a can of worms opened. Unexpected events and relationships were revealed gradually, ensuring that no character was without responsibility for the tragedy. We felt a little uncomfortable with the sadness of the main character, damaged by foetal alcohol syndrome, but his character also brought some comedy to the tale and the end of the story brought clarity and some comfort. We were in two minds about the idea of extreme empathy and the communication with the’other world’. We also felt that Maggie took too long to ‘come clean’ with her part in the tragedy. The book, though, did leave a lasting impression and will be easily forgotten as a thought-provoking and engrossing read.
    Rating: 4 Stars

  2. Review by WI Waterside Book Group
    Everyone enjoyed the story and want to know what happened next so wish to book the next book to find out what happens to Maggie.
    Star rating ****

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