Friday 1 July 2016

Friday book - The Last Photograph

On Fridays I participate in BookBeginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and The Friday 56 - hosted by Freda’s Voice. Both involve sharing excerpts from a current book - the beginning and - you guessed it - page 56. 

It's fun because you get to showcase a book that you're about to read, or busy with, and also visit other people, and add to your bulging pile of books you want to read.

He walks into the living room and June is dead. 

No soft movement across her chest, no quivering eyelid. The sunlight from the window catches her lashes and greying blonde hair. Her painted red nails rest on the arm of the faded chair.

He centres her, checking the light. Focusing, he clicks the shutter.


Rook pretended not to see them. He thought of the first time he'd gone to the pub in Backton, how he'd stood amongst the crush of bodies, hoping that his father would turn and acknowledge him. That hovering feeling of not fitting in.

This week's book-

This is an early print copy from the publisher - so it doesn't feature on Goodreads yet. The picture is my bad photography, but you get the gist. It seems that a Kindle version is available on Amazon.

The blurb reads:

Rook Henderson is an award- winning photographer, still carrying the hidden scars of war. Now, suddenly, he is also a widower. Leaving his son Ralph to pick up the pieces, Rook flies to Vietnam for the first time in fifty years, escaping to the landscape of a place he once knew so well.

But when Ralph follows him out there, seeking answers from the father he barely knows, Rook is forced to retrace his past: his childhood in Yorkshire, his life in London in the 1960s and his marriage to the unforgettable June - and to ask himself what price he has paid for a life behind the lens.

What do you think? I can't wait to start.
Tell me what you're reading, and I'll pay you a visit. 

Happy reading everyone.


Juli Rahel said...

This sounds really interesting, exploring the relationship between a father and a son! And am I right in thinking it has two different narrators between the BB and the F56? I'm definitely intrigued, I'll have to look it up! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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Kathy Martin said...

Sounds interesting. I hope you are enjoying it. This week my book is Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman. Happy reading!

Elza Reads said...

Everything about this book is appealing - the cover, the title, the blurb. Keep us posted, would love to read a review on this one! You can follow my Friday Meets on Happy Weekend!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

That sure is a depressing BB. ;-) I'd love for your readers to check out mine...

Katherine P said...

This sounds interesting! I love the blurb and the title definitely captures the imagination. I hope you enjoy it!

Maria said...

This does sound interesting - not sure about the cover but I like the premise of the book. Here's my Friday meme

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Bev,

I already have this author's debut novel 'How To Be A Good Wife' on my 'Want To Read' list at Goodreads and I can't wait to add this one, when Emma's Goodreads page has been updated :)

I know that Rook is a photographer and well used to the sight of dead bodies, but that first line is really spooky and eerie.

There is definitely more to this story than meets the eye and that's excluding the obvious relationship issues between father and son!

Thanks for sharing this great book and I hope that you enjoy the read :)


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh,I do love the sound of this one! The era, the idea of lost connections. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE BEAUTY OF THE END”

Harvee said...

I am now into photography and would love to read this book!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

The blurb and snippet is definitely interesting. Happy reading!

Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

fredamans said...

I would read on!! Happy weekend!

Kim Griffin said...

Sounds interesting. It seems a little weird that he took a picture of his wife after she was dead? I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting my blog!

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations said...

So many books, it seems, are told from the woman's point of view. Especially in 'women's fiction', of course, where there is often multi-generational female drama. Nice to see the guys getting some page time. :O)

Stormi said...

Hope you enjoyed your read and thanks for stopping by my blog. :)