This House of Grief by Helen Garner

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Read This House of Grief Online Free - On the evening of 4 September 2005, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother when his car plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven, and two, drowned. Was this an act of deliberate revenge or a tragic accident? The court case became Helen Garner's obsession. She was in the courtroom every day of Farquharson's trial and subsequent retrial, along with countless journalists and the families of both the accused and his former wife.

In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life. At its core is a search for truth that takes author and reader through complex psychological terrain. Garner exposes, with great compassion, that truth and justice are as complex as human frailty and morality.

Part of a nonfiction tradition that began with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and continues in the works of Janet Malcolm, Erroll Morris, and others.

Title : This House of Grief
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ISBN : 1922079200
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 300 pages


Mish rated it ★★★★★

June 19, 2016

There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a true crime. Is there. But in this case, I honestly wish I were reading a crime of fiction then a real one, because the reality of the events, leading up and surrounding the death’s of three brave little boys is seriously beyond belief and outright di...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2015

I am not a big true crime reader but this one has been getting some good reviews. As with anything concerning the deaths of young children, this one was heartbreaking. Would a father, just to get back at his ex-wife, actually stage an accident to murder his children? Rating a book such as this one...

Carolyn rated it ★★★★☆

November 14, 2015

In 2005 an event occurred that horrified all Australians. Robert Farquharson, estranged from his wife, was returning his three young sons, Jai, Tyler and Bailey, to their mother after an access visit on Father’s Day when his car swerved off the road, through a fence and across a paddock plunging...

Eliza rated it ★★★★★

August 27, 2014

Fuckyeah this book. My jury experience years ago got rid of any misty-eyed romanticism about the democracy of the jury or court system, it is clear that this system of ours is a highly imperfect compromise. This book is about the courts. And it is so well done. Neither schmaltzy nor hard-nosed. I...

Elaine rated it ★★★★☆

September 18, 2015

Reading about the death of children is never pleasant but to think of the death by drowning of these three young boys at the hand of their father is truly tragic and was a very devastating read. Helen Garner has once again captured the court room drama and described it so vividly and with an inte...

☼♄Jülie  rated it ★★★★☆

June 13, 2015

This House of Grief by Helen Garner This story reads like a work of fiction, makes me reflect on the absolute fragility of the human condition, and how, regardless of our culpability, things can radically change, in the blink of an eye...for better or for worse. I find it quite disc...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

December 26, 2014

This is an incredibly moving and well written account of a murder trial, which I found utterly gripping. On a September evening in 2005, Robert Farquaharson was driving his three sons – Jai, Tyler and Bailey – back home to his estranged wife. His wife, Cindy, had admitted that she no longer loved...

Penni rated it ★★★★☆

September 08, 2014

Sometime in the mid 90s, when I was around 20, there was an accident in Hobart. A woman was driving her mother and her two small children in Hobart. She had an epileptic fit at the wheel and drove into the docks. Two young men, around my age, dived into the greasy water after them. The story was t...

Britta rated it ★★★☆☆

December 29, 2016

Helen Garner's non fiction book tells the story of a real-life murder trial in Australia: a father accused of deliberately driving his car off a dam and killing his three young sons. The father on the other hands claims that it was an accident, that he passed out behind the wheel and lost control...

Jess rated it ★★★☆☆

September 20, 2014

Three stars is probably a tad unfair, because my disappointment is mainly due to poor expectation management. I've been waiting for this book for years, was bummed when I heard sh'd given up on writing it and literally fist pumped the air when an email came in saying it was about to be published....

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