Today is my stop on The Picture blog tour, I will be sharing my review of this book. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.
The Picture by Roger Bray
Published: 13th April 2018
Rating: 5 stars
A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.
But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.
Have you ever seen a photograph of unnamed people and wondered who they are and what they were doing when they were photographed? That question was in my mind while I read the blurb of this book and I had to jump at the chance to read it. The Picture is a thought-provoking, well-written read that showcases humanity in not only it’s good but also in it’s dark.
Roger Bray has written a brilliant book, I admit, the first few chapters I was a little confused – it started completely differently to what I was expecting. I thought I’d picked the wrong book to read on my kindle, however I was soon sucked in to the story of Ben and that picture.
This book is the story of what happens when a picture taken in the middle of an emergency goes worldwide – who owns the rights? Can people claim its them even if it’s not? We’ve all seen pictures coming out of unnamed people after terror attacks, natural disasters or crime scenes and I’m sure we have all wondered about that person/group of people. Who are they?
Ben has been captured in the aftermath of a tsunami in Japan comforting a young woman after her baby has died in her arms. He hasn’t come forward to say it’s him but someone else has claimed it is them. What would you do in this situation?
I loved this book, it was a wild thrilling ride that took me on a journey I wasn’t quite expecting to take. The characters are well-written and Roger’s writing pulled me in, within a few pages I was hooked! It keeps the reader intrigued which is well-paced and you just don’t want to stop reading.
This book would make a brilliant book club read as I’m sure it will affect people in different ways and it would be great to have a discussion regarding some of the topics addressed in the book.
This may be my first book I’ve read by Roger Bray but it definitely won’t be my last! I just loved it!
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About the Author:
I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.
Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.
Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.
So here we are, two books published and another on track.
Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.
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