I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for Fifty Years of Fear by Ross Greenwood and many thanks to the author for asking me to be involved. And I’m sharing my stop with the fabulous Sharon Bairden at Chapter in my Life and you can read her thoughts about Fifty Years of Fear HERE
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.
I must start by saying that the book blurb for this one doesn’t do it any favours! It seems to suggest more of a psychological thriller with a deep mystery at its core but Fifty Years of Fear is far more than that and may attract the wrong sort of reader who are expecting something more formulaic than the deeply personal insight that the reader is given here.
This book could ultimately have been about any one of us, it’s one person’s life story with all the ups and downs that chance can throw at us. A million different pathways face us everytime we make a decision and some of those paths may be harder and darker than desired but we only have one life and it deserves to be lived in the here and now no matter what. Some people appear to breeze through their existence, seemingly bestowed with an endless streak of good luck whilst others, like our main character Vinnie, are apparently a magnet for all the crap that life can throw at them. Do we make our own destiny or is our fate already preplanned, with no escape from the misfortune that follows? Following Vinnies story made me question any beliefs I had previously held as no matter what actions he took, bad luck seemed to always be lurking around the next corner.
Ross Greenwood has a style of writing that seems quite conventional until you realise that it appears to have put you under some sort of spell! Once I started Fifty Years Of Fear, I couldn’t stop, reading it in one emotionally draining session as he cleverly condensed one man’s life into a few hours of total involvement. Vinnie was a character I took a while to warm to but then, that’s exactly how nearly everyone else felt towards him throughout this traumatic tale. Every time he seemed to get a break or a possibility of escape, he was dumped back into reality by some event or past discretion. There was one incident that left me feeling extremely uncomfortable and questioning any feelings that had gone before. This actually continued until the last few pages as I seemed unable to quite let it go which surprised me in the grand scheme of things.
This was an intriguing read for me, being that Vinnie and I were of a similar age, and the pop culture references brought back many memories of my own. So to follow his path through the teenage years, first love and eventually marriage made me feel quite nostalgic but seeing someone’s life condensed down and defined by those key life moments brings your feelings about your own mortality to the surface. This makes for an incredibly powerful and thought-provoking read despite the tragic and harrowing plotlines.
So although not quite what I was expecting, I still became deeply engrossed in this original and heartwrenching tale and look forward to trying more of Ross Greenwoods work in the future.
FIFTY YEARS OF FEAR is available to purchase now from Amazon UK. I received my review copy from the publisher Bloodhound Books.
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Meet the author…
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.
Ross Greenwood hopes you enjoy reading them.
Please feel free to get in touch on http://www.rossgreenwoodauthor.com