I didn’t go looking for this book it found me and I wasn’t disappointed. I happened to see a review of it when I googled some information about another racing driver . I was intrigued to read the author lived literally just down the road from me , and he was also an ex-racing driver, same as me.
Reading this book was a bit like when you are a kid watching a horror movie behind the settee cushions because it’s so scary. You want to watch but at times it’s too much . This book is so scary because it makes you think ‘ how awful , I’m so glad that didn’t happen to me’. The really unsettling thing is that it could have happened to any of us . Events conspired against the author and his life and his family’s life spiralled into a living nightmare from which there seemed no escape. That they all came through it is a testimony to their closeness as a family and determination to survive.
It is very well written , and I especially liked the way the accounts of real motor races were spliced into short sections in between the courtroom dramas. The contrast between the two scenarios was like watching an artist blending the foreground seamlessly with the background . John is a very skilful author , you will not be disappointed , on the contrary you won’t be able to put it down.
It is compulsive reading.