Redd Becker Book Reviews
Martyn Bedford wrote with insight about the difficult recovery of survivors of a loved one’s traumatic death. Although its focus is teens the situations depicted were not limited or constricted to age.
Never Ending is a thought provoking depiction of the guilt of survivors of tragedy. There is no redemption, but there may be hope for a future. The characters are well developed. They are people you could know: a relative, a sibling, yourself.
Death touches us all. The human spirit can be vulnerable when we loose our most loved ones. Bedford tackles these issues with honesty, insight and compassion.
The death of Shiv’s brother, Declan, put Shiv in a mental clinic with other youth going through similar traumas. A third person narrative alternates between incidents in the clinic and picturesque scenes on a vacation in Greece where Shiv’s brother died.
Bedford takes us on a journey of pain and healing, friendships, guilt and loss. It delves into the psychosis of guilt and blame from a number of angles.
My RatingNever Ending by Martyn Bedford
Published by Walker Books on January 1st 1970
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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"MY GOD, YOU'RE THE SISTER OF THAT BOY."
Shiv's best friend, her brother, Declan, is dead. It's been all over the news. Consumed by grief and guilt, she agrees to become an inpatient at the Korsakoff Clinic. There she meets Mikey. Caron. The others. They share a similar torment. And there, subjected to the clinic's unconventional therapy, they must face what they can't bear to see.
Shiv is flooded with flashbacks, nightmares, haunting visions of Declan on their last, fateful family vacation in Greece. And with memories of Nikos, the beautiful young man on the tour boat. It started there, with him, beside the glittering sea... the beginning of the end.