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    From the opening lines of The Story of Before Susan Stairs shows herself to be a master of building tension within a novel She writes in the opening paragraphs 'So I wonder today how no one else could see the bad thing coming' Gradually over the course of twenty one chapters the ominous feeling builds to the devastating finale an ending that stays with you long after you've read the book The story opens up in the 1970s with the protagonist Ruth and her family moving to a new estate just outside Dublin The characters of the estate are vividly described; the author's ability to create a full cast of characters that feel rounded and believable deserves huge praise I was totally engrossed Also the descriptions of Ruth's family life the suabbling between siblings is wonderfully captured However this is a book where small issues slowly evolve into major battles Each chapter the stakes are raised higher the tension between the new family and the original residents of the estate grows till finally the 'bad thing' that was foretold at the outset occurs Tissues at this point seem to be a necessity The Story of Before is an outstanding example of how to build tension in a book right up there with The Secret History and The Virgin Suicides What is wonderful about this book is not only the fantastic plot but the beautifully edited prose that flows from line to line I read this book in three days despite it being at least 90000 words When prose and plot meet like this it creates a very special book


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    Atmospheric spot on descriptions of Dublin in the 1970sespecially what it was like to be a child on a housing estate The sights sounds smells attitudes are brilliantly evocative; the freedom children had alongside the dangers they faced; the closed off world children inhabit that adults are seemingly blind to; the way that there is often an 'outsider' family in the area that can channel all the road's anxieties yet be grudgingly acceptedYes I did grow up in the 1970s on a Dublin housing estate so I have a yardstick to measure the experiences of the characters by but this is much better than a nostalgia inspired tale By turns eerie funny heartbreaking and nailbitingly tense this is a page turner that is wonderfully written


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    uite a sad little tale not one to readlisten to if you don't like stories involving death of children This isn't a spoiler because the narrator says at the outset that the story will end with the death of one of them It is uite clear from the outset which one of them it is but when the end comes it is still very shocking All in all a good story albeit shocking in places and uite upsetting


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    I’ve read some of the other reviews and don’t want to be the only one to give a not so good one the story held me until the last chapter it was a brilliant read until then I just found it left so many unanswered uestions like why did shayne do what he did? What punishment did he receive? And we never found out who the strange man was Unless maybe there’s a part two?


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    I can't say enough about this book having been out of reading for some time I really wanted something that I could really enjoy I came across the story of before and thought sure why not I couldn't leave this book down This book is gripping fabulously written and has you intrigued from the beginning it's one of those books you hate finishing because you'll spend so long trying to find another it left me wanting to read Praise for Susan Stairs can't wait for the next


  7. says:

    I have won this book as a giveaway and shall update this review when I have recieved the book and read itUpdate I never received a copy; therefore I didn’t read it or write a review


  8. says:

    I like going along the library shelves and reading book titles until I come to a book whose title and introduction intrigue me enough to check out the book Such was the case with this book The story is told from the viewpoint of 11 year old Ruth Ruth has an older brother and older sister and soon arrives a new brother The story of 'before' had enough intrigue to keep me reading until it became 'after'


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    This was a very well written book The story of Ruth living in Ireland in the 1970's and the events that took place after her family moved to a housing estate The author has evoked such a feeling of atmosphere that I felt transported into Ruth's world and partly back to my own carefree childhood days when we ran in the streets till dark our parents not knowing where we were but assuming all was safe and well Until it isn't


  10. says:

    Enjoyed the read really like Ruth's character but didn't rush to pick it when I got home in the evenings


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The Story of Before

Summary ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Susan Stairs

In a thick blanket of snow Ruth declares that a bad thing will happen in the coming year she's sure of it But she cannot see the outline of that thing she cannot know that it will change their li. uite a sad little tale not one to readlisten to if you don't like stories involving death of children This isn't a spoiler because the narrator says at the outset that the story will end with the death of one of them It is uite clear from the outset which one of them it is but when the end comes it is still very shocking All in all a good story albeit shocking in places and uite upsetting

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Ves utterly that the shape of their future will be carved into two parts; the before and the after Or that it will break her heart and break her familyThis is Ruth's story It is the story of befo. I have won this book as a giveaway and shall update this review when I have recieved the book and read itUpdate I never received a copy; therefore I didn’t read it or write a review

Summary ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Susan Stairs

Alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780857899071On New Year's Eve eleven year old Ruth and her brother and sister sit at a bedroom window watching the garden of their new Dublin home being covered. I have one thing to sayNo no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

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  • The Story of Before
  • Susan Stairs
  • English
  • 14 March 2019
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About the Author: Susan Stairs

Susan Stairs has lived in Ireland since early childhood After working in the art business for many years and writing several books around the theme of Irish art she completed an MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin in 2009 In the same yearshe was one of six writers shortlisted by Richard Ford for the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award She lives in Dublin with her family The Story