Review: This House of Grief by Helen Garner
This House of Grief offers insight into a truly horrific crime. Garner acts as a 'thirteenth juror' as she allows the trial and the evidence to play out for the reader. In places, she also speculates about the very real people behind the case, and offers various observations about their attendance in court. As Garner suggests at the end of the book, crimes like these are, and should be, of concern to us all. Three innocent lives, taken in a calculated moment of revenge, can never be replaced.
Obviously, this book is not easy reading. This, however, does not make the narrative or the insight offered any less important.