This isn't a shock-horror sort of book, using gratuitous violence to stun the reader. Rather, it shows how domestic violence is almost a daily experie..Show More »nce for some women. The most shocking aspect is the realisation that this is just an ordinary family. There's almost certainly a 'Paula' living in your street!
To be honest, I think this is Roddy Doyle's best book so far, and that's saying something because he has written a fair chunk of good work in his time..Show More ».
Paula Spencer became my favourite Doyle character after reading 'The woman who walked into doors' and I was a little worried that a) this new book wouldn't live up to the previous one, or b) listening to it as an audiobook would somehow take away from the relationship I had already built up with the character in my own head.
However, I needn't have worried - either about Doyle's genius or about Ger Ryan's narration. Doyle succeeded in bringing every hard and soft edge of Paula to light. His writing, and Ryan's narration, allowed me to feel the pain of Paula's guilt and loss, but also the pride and strength that have allowed her to become the woman depicted in this book.