Review: Going Back by Richard Watt


7-26-2013 7-21-32 PMTitle: Going Back

Author:  Richard Watt

Genre:  Drama

Publisher:  Richard Watt

Publication Date:  May 2013


Some memories aren’t really memories at all…

In 1978, Andrew Macintyre was 15 years old and on the greatest adventure of his life when he was drawn into the troubled life of Karla, the woman who would disturb his dreams for the next 25 years. He has buried the memory of what she did to him ever since, but an encounter with her brother reveals a shocking reality he can’t ignore.

He travels back to the village in Germany he only dimly remembers and the truth is slowly revealed to him; the truth about the boy he was, and about the man he might yet be. Clare, the girl he worshipped from afar, becomes the friend he had needed all along, and together they piece together what really happened. As everyone affected by that summer comes together, Andrew hopes that memories, like wounds, can heal…


 I received a free copy of the ebook in return for an honest review.

A good first novel. If you read Going Back, be patient. The first couple of chapters are pretty slow with a lot of description of Andrew’s drive and of the airport which makes it difficult to get into the book. However, it’s a good story with depth and a good plot and a lot happens in the long run.

The characters are all well developed. I like the way the chapters are dated and the sections note which character is the main focus. For some reason, though, I wasn’t able to invest in the characters. It was always just a story  I was reading and I didn’t laugh or cry with the characters as I often find myself doing when I read.

There were times that I couldn’t put the book down because I had to see what was going to happen next. There were other times that it was pretty slow and I found myself skipping paragraphs that didn’t seem relevant to the story. 

If you enjoy an interesting story with a lot of twists, I recommend Going Back which is sold on Barnes and Noble. Continue reading