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The Beginning of the End

by Ian Parkinson

Lurking underneath the shock of explicit excesses and persistent pessimism is a unique novel that is brave in subject matter and assured in style. The spare and functional prose suits the loneliness and isolation of the main character and yet the unflinching description is balanced by a sense of dark comedy making this a thought-provoking book although not a cosy read.

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In the end I don’t bother to call Kimberley. For some reason she has searched for my name on the internet. Perhaps she wanted to check that I hadn’t murdered anyone.
She says that she’s been reading about Joy and that it’s terrible what has happened to her. Since I haven’t told her about Joy, she could only have found out by searching for my name on the internet.
I think about deleting her from my list of friends. She’ll probably delete me. At the moment, she’ll hesitate because she doesn’t want me to think she’s cruel, or because she doesn’t want to hurt my feelings too much. But in a few days, hoping that I won’t notice, she’ll click on the ‘remove from friends’ button. No woman wants to associate with a man whose wife has been brutally murdered.

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