Owen and Duncan think they are different: both dream of escape, a longing made more urgent by a near-death incident in childhood that sealed their bond. But in adulthood their paths diverge, and as Duncan, the less privileged, falls deep into the town's underworld, he and Owen become reluctant adversaries at opposite ends of the law. At stake is not only survival and escape, but a lifelong friendship that can only be broken at an unthinkable price.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Doubleday Canada
* I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review*
Every now and then a book comes along that makes you stop and go "wow." You find yourself thinking about it long after the last page is turned. This book is one of those books.
Davidson writes flawlessly about the trials and tribulations of two boyhood friends and the bonds that connect them. I liked how it started out with Duncan being released from prison and then goes back to tell the story leading up to it. It is told from the point of view of both Owen and Duncan. Through the telling of their adventures as boys and teenagers I felt a real connection to the characters and believed in the magnitude of their friendship. He was effortless in describing the city, their place within it, and how it molded and shaped them. From being lost in the forest for days after being taken by their hero, college dreams shattered, racing dogs, fighting, and the love for the same girl, there is no shortage of things they endure together.
This book is about redemption, right and wrong, good and bad but mostly about the deep bonds of friendship and what happens when paths lead in different directions. I loved every page of it. Craig Davidson did a marvellous job and I will be sure to check out some of his other work.
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