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Una famiglia quasi felice (No Greater Love #2)

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«Nessuno è così bravo a scrivere storie familiari come Amanda Prowse.»
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Kathryn Brooker è la moglie del preside. Mentre suo marito Mark passa le giornate cercando di arginare l’esuberanza di frotte di adolescenti indisciplinati nelle grandi sale dell’edificio scolastico dove lavora, Kathryn prepara focaccine per la partita di cricket del figlio nel cottage all’inte

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Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by Newton Compton (first published 2013)
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Jo
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know the conclusion, but I feel oddly deflated now I have.

I feel that this had the potential to be great, but it needed to be a third longer to better establish the characters, especially in the latter section, which felt more a hastily tying up of ends to conclude the book, rather than a natural progression to end the story.
pdbkwm
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What Have I Done? is one of the most frustrating novels I’ve ever read. That doesn’t mean it’s the worse, because there a plenty worse, but it does make this review a bit complicated.

The first chapter of this book starts off well enough; Kate (Kathryn Brooker) just killed her husband and called the cops on herself. From here on out, we learn of the abuse she endured throughout the years and her struggles in and out of prison as a result of her actions. Due to this, the chapters switch from befor
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Ann
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great concept that could have been a real stunner. I would have loved to have seen the author explore the relationship between the mother and her children instead of the rather wishy washy life (and far fetched) after the main event.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I can’t keep going with this book. It started out with lots of promise but has slowed to a grinding halt already. I’m not wanting to pick it up so I’m giving up. No rating as not finished.
Laura
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
Amanda Prowse is a talented 'chick lit' author; what makes her different from so many other writers in her area is that her stories transcend into other genres. This story features triggers including domestic violence, rape, illicit drug use and suicide to name a few; I'm struggling to think of another author who captures such difficult topics and sensitively weaves them into her novels aimed, predominantly, at female readers.

Kathryn is married to the headmaster of a prestigious private school.
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Lyn
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued at the beginning and couldn't stop thinking about the story when I wasn't reading it but then it got boring. I also found it far fetched that this woman never got sick, never got an infection, never had issues regarding blood lose. Did she give birth to her children alone in her room? How come no one ever saw her scars during childbirth? Her kids were believable as teenagers but unbelievable as adults with no compassion for their mother. The ending was unsatisfying.
Gracie
It began with an interesting premise, spanning a decade or more. And Prowse almost gets half a star for being able to describe life with an abuser so well- that gut-sickening tension that JUST. NEVER. STOPS. Credit where credit is due.

However, she then builds this story around a character who is complete and total fluff. I'm not saying it's impossible that a person like this has existed, but I'm saying it doesn't make for a compelling novel. Our main character is just a good person who loves her
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Julie Watkins
there were many times I didn't feel I could continue with this novel. it tackles the very difficult topic of domestic abuse. I myself have been a victim of domestic abuse and it did take me can long time to escape from it. being isolated from friends, being ridiculed being beaten. it took me a long time to vocalise what was happening to me. however I'm sure that anyone suffering the level of abuse Kate suffered in this could not have gone unnoticed 6500 deep razor cuts to buttocks and thighs and ...more
Janey Rosen
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having snatched precious reading moments whenever possible, I finished 'What Have I Done' today and it left a plethora of emotions which Amanda Prowse stirred with her carefully crafted tale.

When Kate's story began, I was shocked at the callous way in which she reported the crime she had apparently cold-heartedly committed. However, as the chapters unfolded, so the painful details of her personal journey were revealed and the reader gained empathy for Kate. Mrs Prowse has been careful to approa
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Heather
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me gripped! At first I wasn't sure I could cope or follow the story as it jumped back & forth between the dates/times, but it flowed really well and gave you glimpses of what happened and an understanding of why.

I wanted to know what was going to happen next, the only time I was dissapointed was the end as I wanted to know what would happen after.
Elke Woll
How believable is the story? Not all that believable, actually.
The story before the killing doesn't ring true - too contradictory the inner monologue of Kate whose insights strength belie her daily suffering.
The story which describes her life after the killing is riddled with clichés about how to deal with young offenders who had bad starts in life. To top it off, the protagonist has more than enough money at her disposal which makes the setup into a dogooder's utopia. When she first hears abou
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Tina
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I agree with other reviewers in that this book had me hooked from the first page and kept me interested all the way through. I do admit to being more interested in her previous life as the Headmasters wife, even though that was the darker side of the story, her life after prison didn't interest me quite as much, I needed to know the nitty gritty of what had gotten her to where she was.

I found her children's reactions to what she had done difficult to understand, why would they not feel a bit mo
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Lucratia
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure where to begin with my review of this book but I'll try to be as objective as possible.

The book started off very well. The first 3 chapters just sucked you in and made you want to know the exact details...but man, it took forever for the details to start rolling in!! I found myself wanting to throw the book out the window for how scantily it provided details on what actually happened. Then we finally get some details but by then I was already annoyed.

The writing is very good, but a
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Annmarie Lee
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enthralling read from start to finish. It's rare for a book to invoke such a range of emotions. Uncomfortable to read at times but gripping nonetheless.
The true horror of Kate's existence is hard to fathom but her need to protect her children at all costs is easy to relate to as a mother. Her children may not always be worthy of her unconditional love but like her, they are victims albeit victims of their privileged upbringing. Certainly raises questions about societal issues but ultimately
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Maureen
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Het boek heeft me gegrepen en ik kon het niet meer wegleggen. Het is een verhaal wat je gelijk raakt. Het is iets wat bij de buurvrouw, beste vriendin of familie zou kunnen gebeuren en dat maakt het zo echt. Het is iets wat je niet kunt begrijpen en wil begrijpen maar wel de realiteit is, en iets is wat nooit zou mogen gebeuren.
Het is zo geschreven dat het je niet meer los laat en je wilt verder lezen om te weten wat er verder gebeurd en wat er is gebeurd.
Donna Irwin
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly amazing book. I walked every step of the journey with the main character and felt her pain intensely. At first, I couldnt understand why she didnt leave, but then got totally hooked in. As I say, an amazing read!
Holly Lindsay
Had my attention the whole way threw but really was not happy with the ending. Left me with many questions!!
Bree Verity
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.5 stars upgraded to 4.
Kathryn was... well... wooden. Most of the time. I’m not sure if that’s the way the author wanted her to be, but all I got from the main character was ‘lack of emotion’. Everything seemed to happen to her and not because of her, and she just drifted by, letting it happen.
I would have given the book a good 4 stars, only the main characters actions just before the ending pissed me off so badly I wanted to slap her; and in terms of the writing, there was too much head hoppin
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Hedvig
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
magyarul ("Mit vétettem?") Hatalmas csalódás a könyv, ebből az alaphelyzetből sokkal de sokkal jobb könyvet lehetett volna írni :( Fenntartotta az érdeklődést, hogy vajon mi volt az a pont, ahol a hősnőnél elszakadt a cérna, és nem bírta tovább, de ez az egyetlen jó, amit elmondhatok a könyvről. A könyvből úgy tűnik, teljesen felesleges volt a hősnő "áldozata", mivel a gyerekeiből önző, empátiára képtelen szörnyetegek lettek - akik még felnőttként sem látják be, mit kellett az anyjuknak átélnie. ...more
Suzanne
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a awesome book. Quiet sad and very thought provoking and made me think about how good my
Life is. I wasn’t to sure as the first one I read In this series was disappointing. I enjoyed this one thoroughly.
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kathyrn Brooker did a truly despicable thing, something that was shocking, and doesn't show any remorse for her actions. But yet as the story evolves going back and forth over a ten year period, you can see how she was driven to her actions and even if you don't agree with her, you can understand her predicament.

Noone can really tells what goes on in a marriage. You can put on a happy front for everyone, but yet have a spine chilling, truly fearful relationship in private. And what happens when
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Suze Lavender
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems like Kathryn has got the perfect life. She's living in a beautiful home, her family is always nearby and she has two wonderful, talented children. Kathryn is friendly and hospitable and she looks happy, but unfortunately that's just an appearance. She's terrified and stressed, but she has to pretend she's a content and happy wife. Until one day she doesn't want to do that any longer. She's had enough and in a few hours time she changes her own destiny. This has consequences though, for ...more
Stacy Goatley
I actually didn't fully complete this book as it got very annoying towards the end and I knew you lovely fellow readers reviews would give me what I wanted to know ;-).The idea of the book,and the first half were very good,but the out-of-prison Kate was very annoying,fluffy and unbelievable.The scenes in St Lucia are quite bizarre,the whole thing with the reverend and the children's home was quite random.I understand what the author was trying to do,but it just didn't add up to me.Her children a ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story despite the grim subject matter and I was more than satisfied with the resolution too. However, I did NOT like Kate's children in the least. I know she of course considered them both to be exceptional but to my way of thinking they were two self-absorbed and spoilt brats and it was upsetting she lived the way she did in order to make sure they both had normal lives. I'd have been horribly disappointed if I were her at the way they turned out. Her friend Natasha was ri ...more
Abigail
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book’s subject matter and choice of genre an uneasy mixture. This is the story of what happens when an ostensibly devoted wife murders her husband and after a tale of horrific abuse unfurls.

What I found difficult was not the quite graphic pictures of abuse. This book is written in the style of those feel-good and twee genre books when a dumped/widowed girl opens up a bakery/bookshop/coffee shop, is bowled over by the kindness of new friends, rediscovers the joy/meaning of life and
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Nicola Hawkes
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Kindle read - so I was a bit shocked when I reached the end as I'd not realised that all the extra bits would be included in the %remaining! I enjoyed it a lot, very thought provoking. Although I wasn't quite convinced that she could have gone through 2 pregnancies & deliveries without a single health-worker noticing. Also I can't believe her kids took so long to make contact. Very easy to read technically (flows well I mean) but not emotionally, quite harrowing. Careful drip-fed re ...more
Joanne Steventon
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thought provoking, how anyone could put up with that amount of abuse is overwhelming. I didn't like the character Dom and felt he had the makings of being just like his father but did feel more sympathetic when he told Kate how the murder had effected him. I read the book quickly as not only did I want to find out what happened but also the words just flowed in an easy to read way. It has made me want to read more from the author.
Donna Newborough
A really good read. This book stirred my emotions. It made me cry, it made me wince and in parts it gave me that ' I can't look' feeling when you watch a film, but you have to look, you have to keep reading. I have to say though, that I wanted more for Kate, I wanted more for her from her children. I feel that the ending was weak.
Christel Peeters
Aug 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a bummer. Don't waste your time reading this poorly written book.
It is too melodramatic and the relationship between the main character and her children appears unrealistic. And the ending...ugh.
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