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This Picture of You #2020

This Picture of You Martin and Maggie have been together for thirty seven years He is a judge and she is a painter They have a high flying lawyer son and a much loved grandson Life is good comfortable familiar But one

  • Title: This Picture of You
  • Author: Sarah Hopkins
  • ISBN: 9781743319406
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • This Picture of You By Sarah Hopkins, Martin and Maggie have been together for thirty seven years He is a judge and she is a painter They have a high flying lawyer son and a much loved grandson Life is good, comfortable, familiar.But one day Martin leaves a family lunch and takes his son s car, driving to a suburb miles away, where he has an accident No one knows why he was there, not even Martin himself,Martin and Maggie have been together for thirty seven years He is a judge and she is a painter They have a high flying lawyer son and a much loved grandson Life is good, comfortable, familiar.But one day Martin leaves a family lunch and takes his son s car, driving to a suburb miles away, where he has an accident No one knows why he was there, not even Martin himself, whose mind starts unravelling It s clear to Maggie that something from Martin s past is troubling him greatly, and she resolves to find out what it was that drew him there, to that particular street.As Maggie attempts to piece together the events of that day, Martin takes refuge in what he can remember, regaling his son with his now vivid memories of one night in New York than forty years ago, the night he and Maggie met As Martin s mind spirals inward, the fabric that has been holding his lifetime of secrets at bay gradually starts to tear, and in the process we also see that the son keeps very similar secrets to his father s Nothing is what it seems in this searing story of love and betrayal, and a family coming apart at the seams.This Picture of You is urgent, gripping, insightful and intoxicating, an unforgettable journey into the heart of a family and the secrets that threaten to tear it apart.

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    1. From an ARC provided by Allen Unwin.This Picture Of You is the third novel by Australian criminal lawyer and author, Sarah Hopkins Maggie Varga met Martin Field thirty seven years ago on an August day in New York City Now she is a celebrated portrait artist and he is a respected judge Their son Ethan, a lawyer specialising in family law, brings his wife, Laini and their young son, Finn over to their Coogee bungalow for a Sunday family lunch that doubles as a pleasant celebration of the day they [...]

    2. I would read a boring tax document if this woman wrote it There are always a couple of characters in her books that stay with me forever due to sheer authenticity.This fell away a little at the end and I wasn t fussed on the son s story, but otherwise it deserves 4 stars.

    3. It felt like it took me forever to read this book, especially the last half where I made myself to read at least 2 chapters per day in the fear that I d never finished it otherwise It s not that it s a terrible book as you can see from my rating, it s far from being a bad book, but rather it cuts too close to home I am rather sensitive on some issues and once, I sort of guess the mystery, I became somewhat reluctant to continue reading Sshhh, I peeked at the ending and decided that it was worth [...]

    4. This is one of those books that promises a plot, but ends up meandering around a number of themes that make the plot incidental Some books have high brow intent and can be quite hard work to navigate, but they set the reviewer off on how affecting, moving or challenging it was This book is probably in that category, but when reading for entertainment, there is nothing like a great plot, with memorable characters, a developing story and a climax Instead, this book treats you to character studies [...]

    5. I received this as a giveaway and am very thankful It was a powerful story of family relationships put to the test It showed the complexities of life and how its secrets, in this case, could possibly tear a family apart The characters were real and their problems were real and beautifully expressed by the author Showing how the past can come back to haunt the present How the infirmities of age affect all and all who care for you or love you.

    6. Gritty, beguiling and somewhat hard going A book that required the readers full attention due to the mixng of past and present storylines The characters are strong, wilful but all lost in their own way Highlights how lies and the lack of trust lead to all sorts of problems within relationships Interesting read, that s for sure.

    7. Probably 2 1 2 stars This book promised way than it delivered I particularly struggled with the last half once I realised there wasn t going to be any great revelations I didn t really connect with any of the characters and I had little care or empathy for them.

    8. I loved this book Maggie and Martin have been together forever and have an adult son Martin is a judge, Maggie an artist, and their lives seem pretty perfect, for the first few pages at least Martin ventures into a neighbourhood he doesn t seem to have any business being in and has a stroke, sparking his rapid descent into dementia and a chain reaction of discovered secrets and shame Maggie is as loveable as Martin is despicable, and their son Ethan is as compellingly awful as his father The pas [...]

    9. This was an easy story to like because its characters are three dimensional and are vividly crafted, it s descriptively written and every scene has the ring of truth nothing is forced or false However it s a difficult story to love It deals with fairly bleak subject matter infidelity, the steady decline of age, family secrets and class and racial divides and while they are not unsympathetically written, the characters are not, on balance, necessarily likeable It s a book that will leave you feel [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book and the emotional journey that it took me on, it was overall a really good book This picture of you is a families struggle to come to terms with the troubles that befall them and the acknowledgement of pain caused long ago I found the story touching and the heartbreak of the characters as quite real and believeable It was a little longer than I had hoped but was a quick read none the less, but this was mainly driven by the need to find out what the great bit secret was [...]

    11. Thank you to for the opportunity to read this uncorrected proof This book made me very sad Don t get me wrong it was well written and I enjoyed it It was just the fact that intelligent people can do really silly things and that illness certainly knows no bounds My heart ached for Maggie as the matriarch of the family who has to deal with the fallout from Martin s stroke Life is never the same.

    12. Not a bad read It reminded me of the plot in A Perfect Life It touches on a number of themes including the trials of a marriage with little mutual trust, the debilitating effect of dementia and senility, the perils of parenting and the frailty of the human spirit An engaging read but not one that will remain with me for long.

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