Untouchable It is the autumn of A year has passed since Lucy Darby s unexpected death leaving her husband David and son Whitley to mend the gaping hole in their lives David a trauma site cleanup technician

  • Title: Untouchable
  • Author: Scott O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9781935562382
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is the autumn of 1999 A year has passed since Lucy Darby s unexpected death, leaving her husband David and son Whitley to mend the gaping hole in their lives David, a trauma site cleanup technician, spends his nights expunging the violent remains of strangers, helping their families to move on, though he is unable to do the same Whitley an 11 year old social pariahIt is the autumn of 1999 A year has passed since Lucy Darby s unexpected death, leaving her husband David and son Whitley to mend the gaping hole in their lives David, a trauma site cleanup technician, spends his nights expunging the violent remains of strangers, helping their families to move on, though he is unable to do the same Whitley an 11 year old social pariah known simply as The Kid hasn t spoken since his mother s death Instead, he communicates through a growing collection of notebooks, living in a safer world of his own silent imagining.As the impending arrival of Y2K casts a shadow of uncertainty around them, their own precarious reality begins to implode Questions pertaining to the events of Lucy s death begin to haunt David, while The Kid, who still believes his mother is alive, enlists the help of his small group of misfit friends to bring her back As David continues to lose his grip on reality and The Kid s sense of urgency grows, they begin to uncover truths that will force them to confront their deepest fears about each other and the wounded family they are trying desperately to save.

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    1. This is a very disturbing and yet fascinating book. David Darby is a big, tattooed technician for a trauma-site clean-up crew. He spends every night cleaning up the remains of suicide and murders. His son, Whitley, called The Kid, is a sixth-grader who is a talented artist but who is badly bullied at school. Darby's wife / The Kid's mother, Lucy, died under some fairly mysterious circumstances a year earlier and since her death Darby has not been able to sleep in the house and The Kid has not sp [...]

    2. I've read over a hundred books on my kindle in the past year. This is the one that stayed with me. It dark and heartbreaking, human pain is exposed to the core. I never stopped to think what was coming next in this book cause I wanted to listen to the author. It hurts to read this book but it was a story worth hurting for.

    3. This book is a tough read. It's about how a father and son deal with extreme grief after the sudden loss of their wife/mother. The book really looks at denial (the Kid) and reaction formation (the dad). The shock of the mother's death sent both father and son nearly over the edge. As a reader, you are in the two main character's point of view. As the child (or The Kid) in the book, you begin to doubt (or I did) whether or not the mother is really dead (I'll not give anything away). You go into d [...]

    4. 3.75I struggled to put a rating on this one. It isn't because it's a bad book but it's not a book to fall in love with. Most people aren't going to like this book. It's not a happy book. This isn't a book you take to the beach to read while you're laying out. This is a book that saddens you."Untouchable" is the story of a broken family and an examination of how profoundly each member of the family is devastated by the destruction of that family unit. I won't rehash the plot - there's a book summ [...]

    5. Adults forget how children view the world, how they process information. Mom (Lucy) is missing from the Darby family. Dad (David) tells one story. The son, Whitley a/k/a"The Kid" has a completely different version of what happened to his mother. Both father and son are consumed by grief and are adrift in a sea of pain. They are unable to connect at a time when the need is critical.As if losing one's mother is not bad enough, The Kid is also the victim of horrendous bullying. Do parents ever real [...]

    6. Heartbreaking story of a father and son as they navigate life in the year following the death of Lucy, wife and mother. The most realistic rendering of magical thinking that I have ever read. What Whit does (or doesn't do) to get his mother back is breathtaking. Sad, painful story that ultimately ends in hope. Highly recommend.

    7. An intense, compelling story of the separate, simultaneous ordeals of father and son following the death of the woman in the center of their family. It's dark, but not sentimental, a real page-turner, very well written.

    8. I would give this one 3.5 stars, really. It's the kind of book that still has me thinking about it after I'm done reading it, and in that sense it is a great book. But then, it's so sad and depressing and I wanted to cry for Darby and Whitley over and over. Again, that's probably what makes it a great book, but I can't give it 4 stars, and I definitely can't recommend it to all my friends, and I can't say that I loved it. There were parts I loved.I loved the flashbacks - I loved how we got to kn [...]

    9. It takes a talented writer to keep you reading a book that gets bleaker and bleaker, but Scott O'Connor definitely fits that bill. Untouchable is, for the most part, a book in which the situations the main characters find themselves are getting increasingly hopeless, and at some point they need to decide whether it's worth fighting at all.It's the fall of 1999, nearly a year since Lucy Darby's sudden death. Her husband, David, a crime scene clean-up technician, immerses himself in helping others [...]

    10. Untouchable by Scott O'Connorhigh school & upIt has been almost a year since Lucy Darby died. Her husband and son are not coping well with the loss. Darby is a trauma site technician; in other words, he cleans up the mess left behind by suicides and murders. His son, Whitley, know mostly as "the Kid" hasn't spoken since shortly after Lucy's death. He believes that his mom has left because she was tired of him and he hopes that by not speaking he will convince her he is different so that she [...]

    11. This was a ‘Free Friday’ selection for the Nook that I downloaded a while ago. I’ve not had great luck with many of the free books, and I’m beginning to realize that there’s a reason why they’re free. The book had an interesting concept and I think it had potential. Unfortunately, the author just didn’t make it work. The story was sort of all over the place with a father and son dealing with (or NOT dealing with) the death of their wife and mother. The author switched between the f [...]

    12. I will let the description suffice: It is the autumn of 1999. A year has passed since Lucy Darby's unexpected death, leaving her husband David and son Whitley to mend the gaping hole in their lives. David, a trauma-site cleanup technician, spends his nights expunging the violent remains of strangers, helping their families to move on, though he is unable to do the same. Whitley--an 11-year-old social pariah known simply as The Kid--hasn't spoken since his mother's death. Instead, he communicate [...]

    13. I like stories with children in them. This one had a boy, troubled by the death of his mother so his covenant involved silence. For more than a year, he spoke not at all. He, however, was a victim of bullying and that upset me. In addition, his father had his own problems. Both of these characters were not especially appealing, even tho I did feel sorry for them. The few incidental characters were also unappealing. The story revolved around the mother's death. This was a free download to my Kind [...]

    14. O’Connor paints a very vivid LA, as our story takes place on the edge of Echo Park just off Sunset and at the Everclean cleaning service in a lost corner of Glendale overlooking the river–a corner I happen to know well. The writer gives us details of streets, textures, colors and things to look at without bogging us down in geographical details—there’s no “at the corner of this and that, where the metro stop is.” It’s a case for letting your reader get into a physical space, rather [...]

    15. I have been 'reading' this book that i downloaded for free many months ago. I have read about five other books while reading this. I can't explain why I keep going back to it because the narrative is very frustrating, with no flashback breaks or definitive character point of view breaks, but I keep returning to it. It's like a morbid train wreck that you just can't let go. Right now I'm at the point of finding out what happened to Michelle and Darby is truly losing it. I can't rate how i feel ab [...]

    16. Untouchable is not the type of book that will appeal to many readers. This is a emotionally raw, gritty and heartbreaking story. David Darby and his son, Whitley are still reeling from the unexpected death of their wife and mother, Lucy. They are still struggling to come to terms with her death and are not doing well. Darby's crime scene clean up job is stressing him out and the Kid is abused and tormented in school. This was a hard book to read but it was well written and believable. The author [...]

    17. I'd like to thank First-Reads for this free book I won through their giveaway. I really wanted to like this book and I'm not sure what it was about it that made it seem so much longer than it was. Maybe it was the endless descriptions of meaningless tasks that made it so laborious to continue reading. Maybe it was the characters that were so flawed that they needed a lifetime session with Dr. Phil. Maybe it was the darkness that surrounded the characters and their lack of seeking help from a fr [...]

    18. Imagine writing about twenty first person stories by a troubled father and equally troubled 12 year old son. Then cut the stories into lengths of a a half a page to a couple of pages and randomly interleave them. Insert no transitions separating any of the interleaved sections. With this, you will have the narrative style.The odd narrative style, in this case, complements the complex emotional and communicative problems of the family – what is true and what is not? Do they even know?. It’s h [...]

    19. Whoa. This book was emotionally draining and yet at the same time, very difficult to stop reading. The main characters are a father and his sixth grade son. I hate to think that the brutality the boy endures by classmates is remotely possible in today's schools, but I imagine it is probably true. The two of them are at a pivotal point in their lives and the reader really doesn't know until the end how they will survive it all. Very good, very sad.

    20. A different kind of read, but interesting none the less. A little boy who is an outcast at school and also mute has lost his mother. His father works as a clean up mostly of post crimes. Both are dealing with the death of their wife/mother, and it takes a lot for them to heal. In the end, they both realize that each other are hurting in their own ways, but need and love each other.

    21. I received a copy of Untouchable from Giveaways. What follows is my honest opinion of this novel.Let's start by saying that this is NOT the genre I normally read. There is an incredible amount of sadness, darkness, death, and stark cruelty in this story. There is also an incredible amount of hope and love. This is Mr. O'Connor's first novel. I love reading first novels. Nothing is held back. Mr. O'Connor's writing style is excellent; the story itself just short of amazing.The best parts of this [...]

    22. I received this book from the giveaways and I'm glad I did. I couldn't read it as fast as I would have liked but if I didn't have other things going on, I would have read it in one sitting. Page after page I kept asking myself, what happens next? I alao felt emotionally invested. But in the end, everything you think you knowYou don't. I would have given 5 stars, but there were parts that were a little choppy and had to reread a line or two, to get back on track. Other than that, this was a good [...]

    23. Not for the squeamish, this book tells the story of a widower who works cleaning up sites of suicides, murders, etc and his misfit son who endures constant bullying. They are both trying to deal in their own way ( denial, bargaining) with their grief. The point of view shifts often and is a bit jarring at times as you try to adjust. It's a dark story, but like a train wreck, you can't look away. It does end on an upbeat note. (My conservative friends will not like the lauguage.)

    24. Glad to have received a copy of this book. This is a sad book but it will leave you thinking for days. I didn't give this book a 5 out of 5 because it is so sad.

    25. This was a heart wrenching story of a father and son trying to come to terms with and accept their wife/mother’s sudden death, even a year later.

    26. The author has the gift of writing beautiful prose a very sad story. The ending was a bit anti-climatic.

    27. I won this book on . I stuck with the book but it took me a while to read. It deals with a father and son on how they dealt with their grief with the loss of a loved one.

    28. Written with a rich and cool-eyed empathy for its two central characters, this is one of those books that lays down its own rules for story-telling and carries the same unwavering style from first sentence to last.Untouchable is a father-son story about loss, empathy, love, denial, disaffection, homes, families, and reputations. Set in Los Angeles prior to Y2K, the story features David Darby, a specialist in cleaning up rooms after messy deaths, and his son, The Kid. The Kid is Whitley and he ha [...]

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