Whilst this is described as a 'darkly humorous account' - and funny episodes are recalled, I found the story to be on the one hand tedious (as the same patterns kept happening within the family) and, on the other hand, terribly, terribly sad. I couldn't stop reading it - the inevitable 'crash' was signalled early on and I was keen to find out whether this would be a 'happily ever after ' redemption story or if it would all end badly. I won't say how it ends but it did make me cry. The story also raised a lot of questions for me which were never explicit within the text. Why do people behave in the way they do? The role of nature vs nuture? Mental health challenges and how they impact on the entire family. As a mum of two young boys I felt desperate to know how to avoid the same scenario arising in my family - it would break me. Because of the challenges this book offers to your thinking and perceptions it would make a great book club read - lots to discuss.