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The Heart Broke In by James Meek

Would you betray your lover to give them what they wanted?

Bec Shepherd is a malaria researcher struggling to lead a good life. Ritchie, her reprobate brother, is a rock star turned TV producer. When Bec refuses an offer of marriage from a powerful newspaper editor and Ritchie’s indiscretions catch up with him, brother and sister are forced to choose between loyalty and betrayal.

The Heart Broke In is an old-fashioned story of modern times, a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money in the era of gene therapy and internet blackmail.

From the author of the ‘spellbinding’ (Guardian), ‘quite extraordinary’ (Philip Pullman), ‘startlingly original’ (Mail on Sunday) novel, The People’s Act of Love

 

My review

James Meek is is very ambitious in tackling a vast array of topics in this family drama. You can’t get a more ambitious character than one trying to possibly find the cure for aging.
It is all love and war, morality and pioneering discoveries. Among all the discoveries the characters wish to find they do successfully discover darker problems at home, these at times enlighten and at other times shock and awaken them from lies and learn of trust.
They discover real love amongst the failings that occur quite frequently in this story.
You will find death and cures with political wars and cancers to blame and research and forgiveness as the extinguisher of the blazing fires within these characters.
James Meek has chosen for the readers keen eye to partake in these occurrences. He successfully deals with contemporary issues around journalistic values and scandal in this story as well as more age old issues such as morality and faith against individualism, being a celebrity and science.

It’s a slow read at times but the content is more than just simple storytelling he tries to leave the reader with more deep thought provoking questions on possibly how we lead our lives and possible avenues that may shape and change the future for us all.
He has successfully created characters with very human flaws but high aspirations and ambitions.

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 12 September 2012

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