Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: Disaster Falls

Disclaimer: I received this book for free through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

It took me an unusually long three months to read this book. Not because it was dull or poorly written, in fact the language was quite fluid, but because it  expressed such an achingly poignant human experience.
It is essentially the true story shared by a father of how he lost his eight year old son in a rafting accident and how the aftermath affected himself and his family.
It is not a linear explanation of events; it is one of those that meanders back and forth between the before and after, imparting kernels of truth to the reader and slowly unfolding the occurrences until by the end the reason is able to discern as full a picture as is possible by merely reading about such events.
It was sad to read, knowing that it wasn't a work of fiction and this really happened to a flesh and blood family. I do feel somewhat richer having peered into this window of someone else's tragedy. But even not being a parent myself, it raises the inevitable question, if I had children, how would I respond if faced with their tragic loss? I can only imagine how much more parents would imagine themselves in this situation, but if you can handle a little sadness and a dose of reality in your readings, I highly recommend this book.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh no! How awful. And the scary part? We plan on going white water rafting this summer with the girls because Scarlette is 8 and finally old enough. Oh man. I will be a nervous Nelly now. :-(