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A Parent Apart Review

This hooked me by the first chapter! I had no idea what was going to happen but I knew I just needed to keep reading.


Rating: 5/5

A day at the beach.


A momentary lapse in supervision.


A parent's worst fears realised.


Andrew Wicks would do anything for his family. When tragedy strikes, he is forced to make a split-second decision, one that is layered with deception, desperation and self-preservation. As a tenacious police officer unravels his web of lies and exposes the truth, worlds collide.


There is no greater pain than losing a child. There is no greater torment than knowing it was avoidable.

Content Warning: Child Death, Suicide


I received a copy of A Parent Apart from the author, Gary Wright himself. In return for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity!


By the time I got around to reading this, the premise was a bit hazy. All I really knew was it involved a parent and their child. So I went into this a little blind, having decided not to refresh my memory.


And I’m so glad I did!


This hooked me by the first chapter! I had no idea what was going to happen but I knew I just needed to keep reading. I needed to know what was going to happen and needed answers for what had happened.


This hooked me by the first chapter!

And while I’m not a parent myself, but, without getting too personal, I will say I am familiar with the idea of losing someone so young. Especially a loved one. So I could really feel the emotion of losing a child between all the adults. And it was interesting to see how different everyone involved grieved. No one grieves the same way.


And going through the funeral was the hardest for me to read. It brought up my own memories. I almost never cry when I read, I count on one hand how often I’ve cried while reading. But this brought me close to that line. I had tears in my eyes as I got through that scene.


This book touches on so many topics, especially around family. But I think the biggest one was the question of what would you do in a crisis? How would you react?


...what would you do in a crisis? How would you react?

Going off the topics discussed, I need to a content warning this book not only includes a child death but suicide as well. So please keep this in mind.


I found this book to be extremely well written given that our timeline jumps around so much. I was worried that I’d be lost but I found it easy to follow. And. OH. MY. GAWD! That ending! I did NOT see that coming. While I wasn’t envisioning a happily ever after, given all that had happened, I was not expecting such a startling ending. I was beyond shocked. My jaw was on the floor.


This was simply an amazing read. This would be perfect for anyone interested in Contemporary Dramas and Suspense Thrillers, especially surrounding the idea of parents and families.