The Impossible Knife of Memory

Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books

Review

After years on the road trying to outrun his memories of fighting in Iraq, Andy Kincain and his teenage daughter Hayley have finally settled in his home town so Hayley can finish school. Hayley's father is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is struggling to cope. Hayley feels responsible for looking out for her father yet has demons of her own to contend with. Although she is struggling to forget the past, some memories won't let go and soon things start to unravel…

This is a gripping and powerful story about the effects of PTSD on families as seen through the eyes of a typical teenager. The darkness and fear is lifted by romantic interest and a dark humour to create a compelling page turner.

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