Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma

Synopsis - You've always been my best friend, my soul mate, and now I've fallen in love with you too.  Why is that such a crime?

She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed.  He is seventeen, gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future.  And now they have fallen in love.  But... They are brother and sister.

Review - Taboo! A subject which I have rarely seen written about.  Picture a broken home.  A mother who marries because she is already pregnant with her eldest child, who she resents for this reason.  She pops out four more babies in a bid to please her husband but she cannot look after herself or her family.  Her husband leaves when the eldest is twelve and makes a new life of his own, gradually cutting off his first family.  The mother falls into alcohol abuse and gradually abandons her family to live with another man.  The eldest boy and girl are quite close in age and take on the parental responsibility of looking after their younger siblings.  Is it any wonder that they fall for each other?  They are thrown into an unusual role as dual carers almost as a married or cohabiting couple.  Throw into the mix, a resentful, angry teenage boy who wants his mother but does not like being bossed about by his older brother.  A younger boy of nine and a girl of five who need the most care.  It is a potent recipe for disaster.

A well written story which takes you into the heart of the unfortunate situation.  It seems plausible that this doomed relationship could happen.  3*

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