The View on the Way Down

PB cover‘Devastating’ – Guardian

‘Brilliant’ – Stylist

‘Unforgettable’ – Easy Living

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Emma used to have two brothers, but five years ago Kit died and on the day of his funeral Jamie left home and never came back. Their parents never talk about what happened. But now Emma is older she is beginning to ask questions – and she’s never given up hope that she will see Jamie again …

Read an extract here or see some reviews and comments below.


‘The writing is so lucid and poetically simple . . . the backstory is handled masterfully . . . The last few chapters build to a devastating climax, and as a reader you are caught in the undertow. It lingers with you, and for those who have suffered similar things, it echoes truth.’  ~ Matt Haig, The Guardian

‘An unforgettable debut novel.’ ~ Easy Living

‘Wonderfully written…  highly sensitive… thought-provoking… ultimately uplifting.’ ~ The Bookseller

‘This is a novel about the crater that grief can make in the comfortably mundane pattern of family life. Well-plotted, the book equivalent of a TV minidrama.’ ~ The Daily Mail

‘A wonderfully moving portrayal of love and pain with a mystery right at its heart. I defy anybody to read this book and not be touched in some way.’ ~ Sally Brampton, author of Shoot the Damn Dog

‘Understated and compelling.  I had tears in my eyes at the end.’ ~ Morgan McCarthy, author of The Other Half of Me

‘The View on the Way Down is written with great sympathy and an aching tenderness. Rebecca Wait’s evocative storytelling is alive to the tragedies and miracles of everyday life, illuminating the gray area between protecting and deceiving the ones we love.’ ~ Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss

‘The View on the Way Down is a novel that deserves to win awards as well as a huge readership. It’s a wise, honest, wonderful read that marks Rebecca Wait not just as a writer to watch out for, but one to appreciate now.’ ~ Daniel Clay, author of Broken

‘The View on the Way Down is deeply moving – yet unsentimental – and profound, and has a family secret at the heart of it that will remain with you for a long time after you finish reading. It is a novel that needed to be written and which will touch many people… A fine achievement.’ ~ Mark Gartside, author of What Will Survive

‘So compassionate, so heartbreaking. I found myself revisiting moments in this novel long after I’d finished reading it; the story wouldn’t let me go.’ ~ Shelley Harris, author of Jubilee

‘I found it difficult to find the words to express just how much I loved this book…It’s been a very long time since a fictional story has resonated so strongly with me.’ ~ New Books Mag

‘Wait’s masterstroke is her minimalism… An unexpected joy is the healing laughter that flows from the novel’s wrestling with pain… In light of its literary merits and realistic approach to the subject, I believe The View on the Way Down to be timely, powerful, therapeutic and courageous.’ ~ Eureka Street

‘Calling this a powerful read is probably the understatement of the year. The sense of pain and loss associated with the depression this family faces is something you’ll feel right in the pit of your stomach and while it’s utterly heartbreaking, the darkly comic observations about the banality of familial relationships equally can’t fail to make you chuckle.’ ~ Sugarscape

‘…a compassionate exploration of how a tragedy can blow a family apart… This is not a story that can be easily forgotten.’ ~ Novelicious

‘It made me laugh, it made me cry. Simply yet beautifully written, the tale was in my thoughts long after I turned the final page.’ ~ Cuckoo Review

‘…truly moving and had me in tears on many occasions. A wonderful read.’ ~ What’s Good to Do

Blog reviews

‘I advise you, no matter what, to run out and order this book’ ~ Dog Ear Discs

‘This book absolutely blew me away – beautifully written… incredibly moving… I thoroughly adored it.’ ~ Being Anne

‘One of my principal thoughts after finishing this novel was that it’s so special to read a book that actually reminds you why you love reading so much… I don’t use ratings on my blog anymore but if I did this book would get 6 out of 5.’ ~ The Little Reader Library

‘Once again, Picador have found another bright star of the future.’ ~ Random Things Through My Letterbox

The View on the Way Down is a beautifully written, spell-binding debut that has completely blown me away.’ ~ The Unlikely Bookworm

‘Moving, provocative, and above all touching’ ~ Byte the Book

‘This is a quietly powerful novel, and a strong debut for Rebecca Wait.’ ~ Follow the Thread

‘so well written…a beautiful thing to read’ ~ And Then I Read a Book

‘It’s a bit like Joanna Trollope but with barbed wire… simply magnificent’ ~ What I reckon is…

‘…it very nearly broke my heart.’ ~ Fleur in her World

‘I hope that word about this book spreads… Highly recommended.’ ~ Farm Lane Books

‘Harshly, tragically realistic’ ~ Belle Lettres

‘…a beautiful examination of grief, memory and family…It had me in tears by the end.’ ~ Marching with Tea

‘…one of the most eloquent narratives about life with severe depression that I have ever read… an incredible work of fiction.’ ~  The Mrs B-Line

‘Must read’ selections

Sugarscape: Hot Reads for April

Stylist: Top 10 must-reads of April

Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read in February

2013 books to look forward to

2013 debuts by women

Farm Lane Books: Books of the month

1 Response to The View on the Way Down

  1. Pingback: Why writing novels makes you self-indulgent… | Rebecca Wait

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