Our Fathers by Rebecca Wait
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
BUG Rating: 4/5
Overall: Thanks to Riverrun for my copy of this one! The story of Tom, the only survivor after his father kills his family and himself. Told 20 years later as Tom returns to his home town. A beautifully written, thought provoking story. I lost myself in this book. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. An emotional read but would highly recommend!
When Tom was eight years old, his father took a shotgun and shot his family: his wife, his son and baby daughter, before turning the gun on himself. Only Tom survived.
He left his tiny, shocked community on the island of Litta and the strained silence of his Uncle Malcolm’s house while still a young boy. For twenty years he’s tried to escape his past. Until now.
Without knowing how to ask, he needs answers – from his uncle, who should have known. From his neighbours, who think his father a decent man who ‘just snapped’. From the memories that haunt the wild landscape of the Hebrides.
And from the silent ones who know more about what happened – and why – than they have ever dared admit.
By turns gripping, beautiful, devastating and tender, Our Fathers is a story about violence and redemption, control and love. With understated compassion and humour, Rebecca Wait gives a voice to the silenced and to the silences between men of few words.