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Second Chances

By Charity Norman | Paperback | 4 Review(s)

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In the quiet of a winter's night, the rescue helicopter is sent to airlift a five-year-old boy with severe internal injuries. He's fallen from the upstairs verandah of an isolated farmhouse, and may not last the next few hours. At first, Finn's fall looks like a horrible accident; after all, he's... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
01 Jul 2012
Author(s)
Charity Norman
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13
9781742379579
Dimensions
155mm x 234mm
Pages
368
Format
Paperback
Release Date
01 Jul 2012
Author(s)
Charity Norman
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13
9781742379579
Dimensions
155mm x 234mm
Pages
368

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Currently out of stock online, please contact your nearest store for availability

Reviews

Reviews

This is a cracker and a chilling reminder for every parent of how easy it is for their teenage children to be lost to them.  Kit and Martha are doing it tough in England.  Kit’s ad agency has gone under in the recession and he’s turned to drink.  In a desperate bid to save her family Martha signs up for a job in New Zealand and, over the protestations of her teenage daughter Sacha, the family moves to a remote farm house in Hawkes Bay.  It’s an idyllic life for Kit, who’s rediscovered his passion for painting, and their five year old twin boys Finn and Charlie, who are thriving in their new home.  But Sacha is struggling and while Martha’s aware of her unhappiness, she’s powerless to help her.  Then things start going missing from the house and it seems someone wants to do the family harm.  And one terrible night, Finn falls from the upstairs veranda of the farmhouse.  If it was an accident, as Martha claims, why are there fingerprints on his arms?  Gripping, chilling and powerfully written, this is a fabulous read.

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I'm looking forward to reading this book as I'm a mother & I'm sure it will be a story that will hit the heart......I'll have my hanky at the ready too!!!
19 Jul 2012 16:23:07 | KARYN KRILETICH

This sounds like the type of book you just can't put down! I am really looking forward to reading this one :)
19 Jul 2012 18:18:01 | Aimee Findon

Sounds like a really gripping and interesting read
19 Jul 2012 20:45:19 | Karla Byrnes

I'm looking for a good read at the moment, a book to devour during these cold winter days and nights! After reading Kerre's review, I have now found that book. As the mother of a teenage girl I think I will be able to relate to Martha and her feeling of powerlessness. Parenthood is the toughest 'job' any of us will ever have. I have never heard of the author of this book, but on Kerre's recommendation, I will be buying 'Second Chances". Thanks.
20 Jul 2012 06:54:08 | Dianne Robson

Wow I have seen this in the shops and wondered about I am definately going to buy this, it sounds fantastic.
20 Jul 2012 09:17:05 | Vanessa Davidson

Your July reviews make it a tough decision about what to read this month; but your review on this one beckons me to read this book. The family circumstances sound like it could easily be real life as well.
20 Jul 2012 12:20:36 | Teresa Bury

Sounds fascinating. Should make an interesting read.
21 Jul 2012 04:14:47 | Keith Benfell

I found this book really enjoyable. I had several "who dunnit" moments throughout the book. Did Finn fall, was he pushed, was it the neighbour, the husband? Really gripping. I now want to read Norman's other book Freeing Grace.
22 Jul 2012 13:02:12 | Joanne Johansen

Sounds like a great read. It's a treat to read contemporary fiction with a New Zealand setting.
23 Jul 2012 19:53:23 | Ellen Irvine

I looked at the Google Preview of this book. It seems well-written and a good read, but I think the story is a bit too harrowing for me.
23 Jul 2012 22:36:56 | Christine Ward

Kerres review is spot on.I loved this story and it seemed so real I felt like I was there. It could happen to any of us that have kids. Usually I only read non-fiction. it is a really good book and I'm looking forward to reading more of Charity Normans books.
16 Aug 2012 14:18:03 | Karina Healy

Glad to see a book that's set in New Zealand, as we get heaps from overseas, but it's nice to see something from our own backyard. Thanks for the review.
26 Aug 2012 14:11:47 | Natalie O'Brien

I read this straight after reading "This way of life" which was quite ironic as one of the characters in this book takes horse treks around the Napier area just like the father in "This way of life". An interesting book but I hated the way the author made it sound like New Zealand is a hot bed of drugs. I can't help but think that anyone considering imigrating to New Zealand would stop if they read this book. Good read about from that.
08 Nov 2012 09:10:32 | Niki Bailey

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01 Aug 2012
By Michele McGregor
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Second Chances

Looking foward to reading this as me and my book club all loved Freeing Grace!

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01 Aug 2012
By Michele McGregor
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30 Jul 2012
By Elsa Collecutt
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Second Chances

This sounds like a good read, a real life senario where teenagers can go "off track". Also a story of mystery and intrigue. A book I would like to read. Elsa Collecutt

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30 Jul 2012
By Elsa Collecutt
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20 Jul 2012
By Claudine Fraser
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must read!

I must buy this book and read it as my teen is giving me real worries at the moment and I feel like she could be lost to me if I don't handle things right. :(

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20 Jul 2012
By Claudine Fraser
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