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She Left Me the Gun
She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me | Emma Brockes
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Documents the author's investigation into a shattering childhood trauma in South Africa, tracing the discovery of her grandfather's abuse of her mother, which compelled her mother's unsuccessful attempt to kill him before fleeing the country.
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Went on a birthday day trip with my mom, aunt and grandma for grandma's birthday to the casino. Of course this book nerd made them stop at a book store on the way home. Picked up these two- blind date with a book packets! ❤❤📚📚

Clwojick Ooh! Can't wait to see what they are! 2y
mcipher That top one sounds like it could be good! 2y
GypsyKat So fun! 2y
jfalkens Did you open them yet? 2y
AprilMae Waiting till after work today to see what I got!! 2y
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Emma was raised by good parents, but her mom was very over protective, to the point of obsessiveness. She was also larger than life and talked constantly. There was one thing she'd never talk about: her childhood. All Emma knew was that her mom lived in South Africa til age 28, and somehow a gun played a part in her life, as she showed it to Emma one day. After her mother's death, Emma goes to Africa to find out more about her mom's past. 4⭐️

EchoLogical You're "panning" a 4 star book? 2y
Kaye Sorry, thanks for letting me know. I'm posting so fast, I meant to put a so-so on this. Although it's good, it was a bit confusing with so many characters in the second part of the book. It's hard to write reviews in such a small space so I can't tell as much as I need to in some. 2y
Kaye NOTE-- I changed the thumb sign to so-so, but it's still showing thumbs down. Don't know how to fix it. 2y
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Despite being gripped by the first third I just found the structure a bit all over the place & was struggling to follow the stories of certain individuals. I wouldn't call it a psychological suspense (as it does in its blurb) but it's certainly an interesting insight into the horrible childhood and life her mother had before her (that she never shared while alive). Given the subject it was disappointing as I think it could have been much better.

Megabooks Great review! 3y
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