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ARachel Wetherby's life has been on hold since the diagnosis of her teenage daughter Shelley with a debilitating—and fatal—illness. So when Rachel's mother offloads a box of her old possessions, including a diary, Rachel feels compelled to escape into a past which—on the surface—was care-free. However, opening up the box unearths secrets and memories best left uncovered. SARachel Wetherby's life has been on hold since the diagnosis of her teenage daughter Shelley with a debilitating—and fatal—illness. So when Rachel's mother offloads a box of her old possessions, including a diary, Rachel feels compelled to escape into a past which—on the surface—was care-free. However, opening up the box unearths secrets and memories best left uncovered. Shelley, meanwhile, is juggling a secret romance with planning her own death. Not for her an undignified and painful end—she'd rather hold her fate in her own hands. Convincing Rachel that she'd like to spend her 15th birthday in Cornwall where she spent so many idyllic childhood summers, she devises her plan. But nothing is as it seems and heartache and surprises lie in store for both mother and daughter. A mesmerizing and heartbreaking debut from a stunning British talent about impossible choices and the consequences of our actions. Highly charged and morally complex, this story told from alternate perspectives will captivate fans of Jodi Picoult and The Memory Keeper's Daughter....

Title : Pandora's Box
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ISBN : 9781847560674
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Number of Pages : 437 Pages
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Pandora's Box Reviews

  • Sue
    2019-04-04 05:07

    This is an incredible novel. It's about a mother's relationship with her terminally ill daughter... it could have been trite, or cringeworthy, but wasn't. It's an amazing story, very well told, alternating viewpoints. I could hardly put it down. Highly recommended.

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-11 05:55

    That was just bad. plain bad. I disliked the beginning of the book, but just thought 'oh well, I'll see how it goes' disliked the rest of it aswell, but i didn't give up, I wanted to know how it ended.. and it ended.. badly, so so badly, no surprises at all throughout the entire book! all these little stories within the book and every little 'surprise' was so obvious and boring. No idea why i read the whole thing.

  • Cambria
    2019-04-19 07:01

    I don't think I'll read anymore books by this author. She does not write likeable people, I find myself not caring what happens to any of them. The ending was trite and predictable. I feel like I wasted valuable reading time on this book.

  • Gibson8026
    2019-03-27 07:51

    this book contains a wonderful/beautiful story.....sadly I just couldn't connect with either of the duel perspectives :( all in all I still give this book a 3-3.5 star rating, just wish I could have connected better!

  • Sandra Preston
    2019-03-27 07:02

    Excellent read turn pager

  • Daniela Guida
    2019-04-01 00:55

    Per secoli è rimasto nella mia WL e finalmente dopo anni sono riuscita a leggerlo! Alleluja!Libro commovente che affronta con delicatezza il rapporto tra una madre e una figlia affetta da una malattia incurabileNonostante il tema forte e "pesante" non appare troppo lugubre o "patetico" come in certi casi, non vuole essere un libro in cui i protagonisti si piangono addosso perchè disperati ma un romanzo che vuole lanciare messaggi positivi con protagonisti che non subiscono lamentosi della loro sorte.Il libro è molto scorrevole e ben scritto, è commovente in alcuni punti e fa riflettere. Una bella lettura che mi pento di aver "rimandato" per tanto tempo

  • Lena
    2019-04-20 03:55

    Inhalt: Die 14-jährige Shelley lebt schon seit langer Zeit mit dem Wissen, an einer unheilbaren Krankheit erkrankt zu sein; MS. Unter keinen Umständen möchte sie denselben qualvollen Tod wie ihre beste Freundin Miriam erleiden, die vor einem Jahr der Krankheit erlag. Shelley möchte den Rest ihres Lebens und vor allem den Zeitpunkt ihres Todes selbst bestimmen und nicht darauf warten, dass sie eines Tages ans Krankenbett gefesselt ist. Daher trifft Shelley eine folgenschwere Entscheidung, die durch das gute Verhältnis zu ihrer Familie und den liebevollen Kieran, den sie im Internet kennengelernt hat, ins Wanken gerät.Meine Meinung: Die Zeitschrift ‘The Sun’ beschreibt den Roman von Giselle Green als eine “mitreißende und dramatische Mutter-Tochter-Geschichte voller Liebe und Überraschungen”. Und genau das ist ‘Gezeiten der Hoffnung’ auf alle Fälle. Doch es ist auch noch so viel mehr. Der Roman erzählt von einer Familie, die seit Jahren durch schwere Zeiten geht. Shelley ist an einer Krankheit erkrankt, die noch den Forschungsständen der heutigen Zeit nicht heilbar ist. Der Leser erfährt auf gefühlvolle und realistische Art und Weise, wie die Krankheit eines Familienmitgliedes die eigene Welt und die persönlichen Ansichten verändern kann. Freunde wenden sich ab, Eheleute leben sich auseinander, Einsamkeit, Stress und Sorgen dominieren im Alltag. Diese Geschichte mit zu verfolgen war für mich spannend und traurig zugleich.Neben der Beziehung zwischen Shelley und ihrer Mutter Rachel, die von der Autorin sensibel und emotional beschrieben wird, waren es für mich gerade die Gedanken und Gefühle der beiden Frauen, die mich sehr berührt haben. Da ist auf der einen Seite Rachel, die verbissen versucht, die letzten Jahre des Lebens ihrer Tochter so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Eigene Bedürfnisse und Interessen treten in den Hintergrund, auch wenn das bedeutet, dass man sich selbst verliert. Andererseits ist da die junge, überaus starke und mutige Shelley, die einen aufgrund ihrer Gedanken und Entscheidungen oftmals wie ein Erwachsener erscheinen mag. Doch dann sind da wiederum Momente, in denen deutlich wird, dass es für Shelley nicht immer leicht ist tapfer zu sein. Wie auch, wenn man weiß, dass man die besten Jahre seines Lebens noch vor sich hat.Auch wenn der Roman fast durchgängig traurige und bedrückende Aspekte anspricht, so gibt es doch immer wieder Momente, die mein Herz erwärmt haben. Das Thema Liebe spielt in diesem Roman eine ebenso große Rolle, wie Krankheiten oder gar der Tod. Sei es die Liebe zu Freunden oder der eigenen Familie, die die Autorin gekonnt auf den Punkt gebracht hat. Doch genauso wird in dieser Geschichte über die erste große Liebe gesprochen, die das gesamte Leben verändern kann.Fazit: ‘Gezeiten der Hoffnung’ ist ein Roman, der den Leser mit dramatischen und sensiblen Themen konfrontiert und berührt.

  • LindyLouMac
    2019-04-19 04:07

    Giselle Green is an author I was not really aware of until recently when my attention was drawn to her novels on a social media site. After some interaction with regard to her writing I was offered the opportunity by the author herself to review her forthcoming novel 'Finding You', which I have accepted and will be reading and reviewing soon. By coincidence whilst sorting out my many paperbacks I came across a copy of 'Pandora's Box' her début novel, which I decided for a number of reasons to read first. Having now read this emotionally charged novel I think I have discovered another author whose writing I am gong to be enjoying again in the future.A very moving storyline, especially so if you are a mother yourself as it is about a mother's relationship with her terminally ill child. Narrated from the alternating viewpoints of Rachel Wetherby and her daughter Shelley. Rachel's mother has given her a box of old possessions and it is this that opens up memories and secrets that may have been better left hidden. As both mother and daughter delve into the box revelations and heartache cause problems for them both. Shelly as she tries to come to terms with an early inevitable death and Rachel as she struggles with feeling that everything is her fault! Potentially this story had the material to offer more with regards to characterisation, however we must not forget this is a début novel. The fact that the author has gone on to write a number of successful novels since this one was first released way back in 2008, means I feel able to recommend her writing to anyone that enjoys stories with a moral basis. A good choice for Book Clubs as Pandora's Box covers a subject that will evoke a whole range of questions, that you will still find yourself thinking about for a long while after finishing the novel.http://lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspo...

  • Iris
    2019-04-19 02:06

    I bought this book because it was at #10 on Amazon's bestseller list and had quite a few good reviews. I could not have been more disappointed. The premise is interesting (a 15 year old with a terminal illness, her wish to control her death, her relationship with her mother) and the switching between the mother & daughter in different chapters could've been a good narrative device. HOWEVER, it is badly executed and incredibly badly written. You may notice from my tags that I didn't finish this. I hate not finishing a book but after reading 35% of it, nothing had happened that couldn't be described in a few pages and most of all it was boring. The book consists mostly of the character's ruminations that are not particularly interesting or relevant and most of the time repetitive. The rest is made up of dialogue between characters that is most of the time completely pointless.Two specific pet peeves when reading: -most supporting characters are written as if they are vapid, mean and plain stupid. Not very realistic. -the daughter's best friend is called Surinda (sounds like a Sikh name), her brother is called Yousef (a Muslim name). It is indicated that the family is Indian/Asian (although I may have assumed this). And Surinda is being married off to an Indonesian man/boy. This seems rather poor research on the author's part. I simply don't understand why ALL reviews on Amazon for this book are 5 stars.. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

  • Savannah
    2019-03-22 05:16

    The excerpt is what attracted me to this... seemed like an interesting, dramatic read. Unfortunately this book does go by rather slowly. In the first few chapters we figure out whats happening- mother willing to do anything for her daughter, abandoned by the people who should help her and surrounded by selfish people. A daughter who is disabled and knows she is going to die; so she decides to take things into her own hands and kill herself on her birthday. There is also a younger brother that everyone loves.... but no one really thinks about him too much as this story progress.The online romance aspect of it where Shelley falls in love with handsome-gorgeous-beautiful talented guy with a painful past ( at the age of 15 years old) is not smart or realistic! Kids.... don't do this! Once the story line is established there is a lot of filler until the 'climax' actually occurs. there are people who always pop up at the correct time and location. Lily is a manipulator who seems to have ruined much of Rachel's childhood.This was an alright book in general.. had lots of potential but never fully grasped it/

  • Allie
    2019-03-26 04:17

    I bought this book because the blurb sounded quite interesting. But, wow - was this a let-down. I am a fan of Jodi Picoult and it's a shame they recommened this to us.While the story itself sounds interesting enough to keep one reading, the characters are not. We have here a bunch of characters who had a ridiculously high amount of strokes of fate. While it's okay to have some characters with a difficult past or an severe illness, this was just too much. It was so cheesy. Especially the ending. That was by far the worst. (view spoiler)[She's not even ill? It was a false diagnosis? And the boy comes with a helicopter in the middle of the storm and stops her from commiting suicide and they take off so he can participate in this television game show? Seriously? If the author would've wrote another chapter we would've learned that he actually won the money. I'm sure of that. (hide spoiler)]I was very relieved when I sold this book on a flea market. Don't recommened it to anyone.

  • TheCuriousDeer
    2019-03-26 02:50

    I'm so annoyed with this book. The blurb had so much promise, the reviews were great and yet I really detested the book. Which is disappointing because the plot could have laid the way to a truly great novel.I just could not identify with the main characters for most of the book and the side characters were really poorly put together and it was almost as though they had been thrown in to give the book a bit more depth. Shelley's (the daughter) friend from school seemed to have a really strange mix of heritage, whether intentional or not and her character was just utterly pointless. She was infuriating and gave so little to the book itself, it's hard to understand why she was there to begin with.Also, Shelley's 'relationship' with the boy 'Krok' she met online was truly bizarre. I can't understand how it was believable at all.And the ending. Well. That was just plain ridiculous if I actually understood it right.

  • Diane Will
    2019-04-16 04:06

    Rachel, a mother, is having to come to terms with having a terminally ill daughter, Shelley. Shelley has a plan for her (potentially last) birthday. She wants to go to Cornwall. Rachel's mother, Pandora, gives her a box of belongings from her and her sister's past, which opens up a lot of memories she has locked away, but now has to deal with and confront her sister Lily with truths they both have to face up to.I found the characters a little uninspiring at times and the storyline a little drawn out and for me the conclusion was a bit disappointing and as if the author wasn't quite sure what ending to give it...I think I was expecting a bit of a dramatic ending, it was nearly 'too nice'. I don't want to say anymore without giving spoilers. Easy enough read but not one that will stay with me or the characters.

  • Nykki
    2019-03-30 00:14

    A very interesting and inspirational read. Fast passed and realistic drama on every page, from the character Shelly considering suicide and planning it to Rachel's note in change to the relationship with people around her since Shelly's diagnosis. There were the usual cliche side storys; Rachel and Frank's instant connection and parralell situations but these did not take away from the more serious issues raised. I also liked how the author shared the narration between both Shelly and Rachel, it was written so that there was no confusion and so that the reader could really live in the moment. I found myself turning the pages very quickly and not being able to put the book down at the end!Excellent read.

  • Lizzie
    2019-04-14 00:03

    I picked up this book as I personally know the author's mother who is a dear friend and ex work colleague. When we worked together we regularly swapped books as we seemed to have the same kind of taste in books so she asked me to read her daughter's book. I have to say, I couldnt put this down and read it in a matter of 3 days (which is really fast for me). I thought it was going to be soppy, but no way, it was real, the characters were strong characters and it described the relationship between mother and daughter brilliantly and as a woman I could relate to how the daughter felt and misunderstood her mother and as a mother could relate to the mother in the book. Absolutely brilliant.

  • Devon Harper
    2019-04-12 03:16

    I purchased this from Amazon after noticing the amazing reviews that it had received from customers but while I thought that this was a good book, I'm unsure as to why so many people seemed so thrilled with it. The characters were entertaining but the plot completely predictable which spoiled the ending a little. It is also recommended for Jodi Picoult fans, I'm guessing this is because of the theme in a way similar to My Sister's Keeper and due to the story being told from multiple perspectives but for me it just didn't live up to her books. Even so, it was a nice summer read and I finished it quickly.

  • Em98
    2019-04-21 05:16

    I don't understand how people can dislike this book! After reading The Fault In Our Stars I was struggling to find a book that would fill the gap in my life and Pandora's Box Is the closest thing I've found. A great story about a mother (Rachel) and her terminally ill daughter (Shelley) and their unconventional tale. Al though the book starts quite slowly, as you begin to reach the middle you simply can't put it down and the last few chapters are so gripping that I was up until 2:30 in the morning finishing it as I simply couldn't put it down. Read this!!

  • Jen Green
    2019-04-17 03:13

    This book, for me, had such potential. As strange as it sounds, I love a gritty, depressing read and initially thought a mother's relationship with her daughter suffering from MS would offer exactly that (the narrator switches between mother and daughter throughout). However I found the characters somewhat unlikeable, the story boring in places, and by the end I simply didn't care about what happened to the characters. An easy read and an interesting plot in theory, but on the whole disappointing.

  • Anjane
    2019-04-06 23:54

    Took me longer than most books do, I think the British lingo slowed my pace a bit. However, I did like the short little chapters, kinda felt like I was reading a diary. Story was excellent & the ending had me on my toes but I was pleased with the results. I found I got rather taken especially by Rachel's character & felt defensive of her several times. I could imagine this as a film as well.

  • Jenn
    2019-04-05 04:12

    3.5 starsactually quite a good read! about a 14-year old girl who has a debilitating disease that will eventually, painfully, kill her. throughout the book profound moral questions are asked and the characters grapple with answers to these questions that they can live with.full of love, hope and painful, though ultimately freeing, revelations.

  • Ursula Kibido
    2019-03-26 08:02

    A very lame plot, if ever there was one. The reviews are so promising and I hyped myself up for big secrets to come out of Pandora's box. I didn't enjoy reading the book but I kept on reading thinking 'the big secret is coming .... '. But alas, it never came. A very big disappointment ! Waste of reading time !

  • Rosie
    2019-03-29 01:53

    Despite what is a sombre topic, this was amusing, touching and uplifting. The author deals with the subject sensitively and realistically, without resorting to mawkish sentimentality. Truly a great read.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-20 08:13

    Better than the last book i read by this author. I liked the fact that this one actually had an ending. Some of the relationships were a bit unbelievable, especially the one that developed instanly between Kieran and Shelly. But on the whole an ok book.

  • Louise
    2019-03-22 01:00

    I found this book better than the others I've read. But it was still one which just didn't do it for me. The story is based round mum and daughter. The mothers past and the child's illness which will kill her. But the ending is very confusing and the book was lacking that oomph for me.

  • Amy
    2019-04-09 05:50

    An enjoyable book but the ending felt a little stuck on and left me feeling dissatisfied. It really didn't do the rest of the book justice. The book didn't evoke an emotional or thought provoking response as I would have expected it to.

  • Vickie Taylor
    2019-04-15 00:03

    I thought I would love this book and there were parts that were really good but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I felt that there was a lot of build up but it fizzled out. Also I didn't think the 'secret' was actually a secret at all. It was ok but that's it unfortunately.

  • Stefania Phoenix
    2019-04-21 00:52


  • Gina Barzilai
    2019-04-16 02:57

    Easy to read - I would recommend it to someone that grabs a few minutes here and there to read and wants something light.

  • Mary Davis
    2019-03-29 08:17

    the characters were well developed and I found myself thinking about this book when I was not reading it!

  • Nicky
    2019-04-04 06:08

    I picked this book up in a chartiy shop, it was okay. Not the best read but I managed to finish it. Poses some moral questions but fairly naively.