Could you forgive murder? What if it was something worse?
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 a man is his brother, Frank? And why does death surround them?
Fate is cruel. History is dark. Things are not as they seem.
Perhaps he should have stayed at home.
What does TWG think?
‘Fifty Years of Fear’ is the first book I have read by this author so I really didn’t know what to expect overall. Whilst I had heard good things about Greenwood’s previous books, I knew that I had to make my own mind up in regards to his writing. Did his work live up to previous hype?
In ‘Fifty Years of Fear’ we follow the life of Vinnie, a man who has always (even as a child), managed to pick the short straw. Vinnie hardy ever caught a break and, if he did, it would be a break by the bullies…and not the good kind. Now, because the story of Vinnie’s childhood contained a lot of hard to read situations, I found the bullying aspect exceptionally hard to digest as it dug everything in my past back up. There were times where I just wanted to shout at Vinnie not to do something, or to watch out; but I couldn’t. I’m not going to lie, I did feel sorry for him several times throughout the book.
Vinnie aside, the overall storyline was incredibly intense, with many gripping tendencies alongside the shock factor. The author kept me guessing, whilst also leaving me in a state of not knowing my backside from my elbow. However, whilst I love how a storyline can be gripping, I still felt like ‘Fifty Years of Fear’ was missing something. There were times where I felt like I was waiting for the result of a big ‘dun dun dunnnnn’ which never came. It’s pretty clear that Ross Greenwood has talent, I mean his writing style makes you sit back and take notice. I just wanted more… I don’t think the author is giving his all which makes me extremely excited for any books following this one. Will Ross Greenwood give a little bit more in his next storyline? I’m looking forward to finding out.
‘Fifty Years of Fear’ really isn’t a book which you can surmise unless you have read it for yourself. I know that is quite an obvious statement to make, but it’s still true nonetheless. This book isn’t what I expected at all, and that isn’t a bad thing. It had me hooked. It kept me interested. It had the element of surprise nailed. I just wanted that little something extra to make me go ‘yes!’, especially seeing as the little things are often the big things.
Thanks to the author.