I enjoy Amanda Prowse books; she writes about real people experiencing real, often everyday events with sensitivity and insight. I wasn’t sure about ‘The Light in the Hallway’ when I first picked it up however. The subject matter is emotional stuff. Father and only son, Nick and Oliver, experience the loss of a significant other, Kerry, the wife and mother, to cancer. We enter their story first at the point of Kerry’s passing, and what follows is the story of how Nick and Olly learn to cope with their loss and finally to move on with their lives. It was a slow burner at the beginning, and about quarter of the way in I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to continue as the story didn’t seem to be going anywhere. Whether that was part of the author’s intention in order to impart to her readers the sheer emptiness of Nick’s life without his life partner I don’t know, but suddenly began to pick up just about at the point that Nick’s life started to improve. Running alongside this main life event was the tale of Nick’s childhood relationship with his own parents, particularly his father, and his friendship with Eric and Alex, which certainly added a bit more depth to Nick’s character.
If you happen to pick up this book, don’t expect a mind=blowing mystery or thriller, or even an intense domestic drama. This is, quite simply, a really good read on a life that any one of us could be living.
I give this book 3 stars.