Not being a regular novel reader I found myself surprised to be drawn in to the cover of case histories on the book shelf. I immediately thought it would be a dark thriller from the eerie brown and mystical front cover. But upon starting to read it I found my self surprised by the contents.
Case histories is a slightly confusing book to get your head around at first with the ever changing story line. There are three stories all rolled into one and the book frequently flits between the three just as one is about to reach its climax. The book is filled with suspense, cliff hangers and tension however it also manages to add some humour and it certainly had me teary at times.
In 1970 Cambridge there lived a regular albeit troubled family. With four children and one on the way money was tight, being four girls however made great use for hand me downs. The children Sylvia, Amelia and Julia were all of similar age 12 being the oldest however the youngest, Olivia was only three years old. Their father was a mathematician and was several years older than their mother. He was a very withdrawn man who made no attempts to emotionally connect with his children. Their mother was to an extent a respected woman however she bore no love for her children. The only child that she shared any love for was young Olivia. Olivia, for her age was a very well behaved child unlike her three older siblings all of whom had a tendency for causing trouble. One hot evening Amelia was given the privilege of sleeping in the tent in the garden, naturally Olivia, the child in her mothers eyes that deserved every privilege imaginable was able to sleep with her. Upon waking in the morning however Amelia found herself alone in the tent. Franticly a search began for Olivia, with the help of the police and the neighbourhood hours were spent trawling the streets and undergrowth. Olivia was never to be seen again.
In the year 1979 Michelle was setting up home as a young house wife and mother to one, a baby girl named Tanya. Michelle was a troubled girl who did everything out of duty and not out of love. She was already becoming bored of the housewife idea and everyday she became less and less connected emotionally and physically to her husband Keith and daughter Tanya. She was trapped in the life that she no longer wanted for herself and the appreciation she received of her husband was far to none. She lived life in a depressive state drudging herself though each day with less and less awareness of what she was actually doing and what was going on around her. One afternoon after arriving home from work Keith and Michelle had a argument that ended in tragedy.
In 1994 there lived Theo. Theo was an obese man who by the disapproval of his daughter Laura was trying to loose a few pounds. Theo had no real troubles in his life, he was an ordinary father who did nothing wrong but love his daughter too much. It was this love that saw his daughter, his only reason to live, murdered in a freak accident?