A childhood accident robs Vincent of his memories, causing him to become sensitive and anxious around others. His differences attract bullies, and he comes to rely heavily on the support of his family.
After the devastating loss of his parents, a remarkable woman teaches him to embrace life, and, little by little, he realises the world is far more forgiving than he imagined. When fragments of his memory return, he begins to unravel his past.
Who was his mother? What kind of man was his brother, Frank? And why does death surround him?
Fate is cruel. History is dark. Things are not as they seem.
Perhaps he should’ve stayed at home.
Praise for Ross Greenwood’s books
“At last a page turner novel that doesn’t disappoint..”
“This is powerful and atmospheric storytelling..”
“Absolutely brilliantly written from start to finish”
Firstly, I would like to thank Ross Greenwood and blog tour organiser Caroline Vincent for the ARC of Fifty Years of Fear in return for an honest review.
Fifty Years of Fear is a clever and thought provoking story of the life of a complex man. It’s dark and deals with a subject that many may find hard to read about, but does so in an intelligent and complex fashion. Ross Greenwood will challenge you the reader to adjust your perceptions of what leads a person to act as they do. He will ask you to question what you could forgive people for! Is there a limit from which you could turn away from someone you love? Can such a decision ever be clear cut?
It’s a book and a story that you will become addicted to. It’s an often used phrase, that appears in many reviews and in mine on numerous occasions, but Fifty Years of Fear is a real page turner, in the best possible way. The atmosphere and tension within its pages, builds up as the novel progresses. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the characters, who they are, what they have done and what they are capable of, Ross Greenwood turns that on its head and you have to reevaluate all that you have come to think about characters like Vinnie.
Having read both of Ross Greenwood two previous books in this trilogy of stories, what I admire most about his writing is his unflinching honestly and obvious skill in turning out a story that though brutally honest. He delivers on the key elements such as tension and anticipation, compelling characters that beg us to understand their motivations and a conclusion which leaves you wanting him to hurry up with the next book.
He understands that criminals come from all walks of life. Many are born predestined to a life of crime, but others almost stumble into it from walks of life and communities that gave them little chance for a normal life. Few understand the complex and challenging environment in the prison community, but he brings it once again into seering clarity, with all its unique challenges.
Characters like Vinnie, often too different for a modern world to comprehend, are given a voice in this top class story. Having myself worked within the prison community for a long time, he is the first writer I have come across who delivers a story that brings those wings to life for a reader. You may think you understand what drives people to do what they do, but the chances are you don’t. Ross Greenwood does and he delivers it with a punch to the solar plexus that will leave you reeling. He will make you sit up and look around and wonder, could that be me, someone I love? What would I do? Is there a crime worse than murder that can’t be forgiven?
Fifty Years of Fear is a first class story and a fitting third book in this trilogy that looks at life in prison and what leads people to this place. Life behind those walls is not easy, it can be brutal and challenging, but it can be a place for change. What Ross Greenwood does, is bring it to life and asks us all, could we end up there. A wrong decision or secrets long buried coming into the light and tipping the world on it’s axis, could leads to decisions we come to regret.
It delves into human nature, explores the reason behinds the actions of people society rejects for one reason or another. Evil is there, his characters are unshamefully flawed, damaged and in some cases, though it makes us uncomfortable, revolts us, are capable of acts of depravity that don’t go away, just because we lock them up.
Fifty Years of Fear and the others in the series, Lazy Blood and Boy Inside should be on the reading list of everyone. Crime, society, deprivation, the twisted hand of fate, history, secrets and lies are all there in the pages of this novel.
I will leave it up to you to decide about your feelings about Vinnie, for human nature is complex and not always pleasant, but Ross Greenwood makes is compelling and will force you to revaluate many of your most prized assumptions about crime and punishment.
Fifty Years Of Fear can be purchased from Amazon
Ross Greenwood was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until he was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. He then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.
Ross found himself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually, so he says “when things had gone wrong.” It was on one of these occasions that he met his partner about 100 metres from his back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. And, according to Ross, he is “still a little stunned by the pace of it now.”
Lazy Blood book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then four years as a prison officer got in the way. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave the author the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep he completed it in the early morning hours.
Ross Greenwood’s second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by Bloodhound Books, and now, Fifty Years of Fear, is out. All his books are thought provoking, and told with a sense of humour.
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