Life before

Life before
Reilly, Carmel
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  • Published: 2019
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She knew she should talk to him. But what was she to say? Once there had been blame to apportion, rage to hurl. Now she no longer had a sense of that. Who knew what the facts of them being here together like this meant. What was she to make of the situation? Scott lying unconscious here in this bed, unknown to her in almost every way. She now a wife, a mother, but in her mind no longer a sister. Not a sister for a very long time now. Lori Spyker is taking her kids to school one unremarkable day when a policeman delivers the news that her brother, Scott Green, has been injured and hospitalised following a hit and run. Lori hasn't seen Scott in decades. She appears to be his only contact. Should she take responsibility for him? Can she? And, if she does, how will she tell her own family about her hidden history, kept secret for so long? Twenty years before, when she and Scott were teenagers, their lives and futures, and those of their family, had been torn to shreds. Now, as Lori tries to piece together her brother's present, she is forced to confront their shared past-and the terrible and devastating truth buried there that had driven them so far apart. Compassionate, wise and shocking, Life Before tells the gripping story of an ordinary family caught in a terrible situation. What if the worst thing you can imagine isn't the worst thing to happen? How do you go on? And what steps will you take to protect yourself from further pain?

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Brothers and sisters--Fiction.
Family secrets--Fiction.
Interpersonal relations--Fiction.


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9781760529314 (paperback)

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Reilly, Carmel,


Life before / Carmel Reilly.

Publication Info:

Crows Nest, New South Wales : Allen & Unwin, 2019.

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346 pages ; 24 cm

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General Note:

"They haven't spoken since a terrible secret tore apart their live. But now she is the only one who can save him."-- On cover.

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Brothers and sisters--Fiction.

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Family secrets--Fiction.

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Interpersonal relations--Fiction.

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Domestic fiction.

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