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I am too young to die, but I am going to. And soon. I never realised it would be a privilege to grow old. I used to believe in something. In love. Romance….
I am not sure when my attachment to those ideas disappeared, when the final crumb of hope was stolen - or given. All I know is that it is now gone. And I, though I am not, feel suddenly old. Far too old to believe in happy endings.
This confession is not just about mistakes. It is about a journey. My journey. That is about to end, prematurely.
Amber Whittington-Jones is dying. In her last days she begins to write down her story in an attempt to make sense of her life, to explain to herself, and the one person who still might understand, why she made her choices. But for all her insight, Amber cannot foresee the events that are about to unfold, events that will once again bring her family to its knees and force the past out into the light.
An extraordinary novel which keeps the reader guessing to the very last page, When the Bough Breaks is the work of a born storyteller - an unrelentingly compelling tale of love, addiction and infidelity.