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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

All Roads by Peter Murphy--a review


Danny Boyle isn't all here. Years of destructive behavior have left him in an alcoholic coma. Meanwhile, his marriage is over, one of his children wants nothing to do with him, and the other suffers by his bedside.

And while the complexities of life swirl around him, Danny, in his halfway state, comes face to face with his demons and struggles to understand them. He must confront the ghosts of his past – ghosts who have unfinished business with him.

No one can be certain of where Danny's road is leading. But where it actually leads is far more surprising than any could have anticipated.

The resounding conclusion to the Life & Times TrilogyAll Roads is a stirring ode to life's resilience and possibilities.


All Roads by Peter Murphy is the third and final book in the Life and Times Trilogy.  Itis the story of Danny Boyle, born Irish and raised in the Catholic Church, Danny grows into a young man and witnesses the murder of his friend Anton.    Life for Danny isn't easy....he makes good and bad choices, but it is never easy and he is always at war with himself.    It came as little surprise to the other characters or to the reader that he would become an alcoholic.

There are many very well developed characters in the Life and Times Trilogy.   From the heirachy of the Catholic Church, to the church body, family members, in-laws and children and ex wives, characters fill the book and interact in one way or another with Danny Boyle.   Each has a perspective, an opinion and perhaps an agenda.....but each was touched by Danny Boyle in one way or another.

This installment was a long read and I struggled with Danny's darkness until he made a friend in his son's father-in-law.   It was then, that I saw glimmers of hope for this truly sad human being, Danny Boyle.  The story does end on a positive note.   As a work of fiction, it is a very accurate portrayal of the sorrows an alcoholic faces.

I rated this book a three wink read!

  Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I received a copy of this book from the author or their representative in exchange for an honest review.

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