Border Crossing

Border Crossing Border Crossing is Pat Barker s unflinching novel of darkness evil and society When Tom Seymour a child psychologist plunges into a river to save a young man from drowning he unwittingly reopens a

  • Title: Border Crossing
  • Author: Pat Barker
  • ISBN: 9780140270747
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • Border Crossing is Pat Barker s unflinching novel of darkness, evil and society.When Tom Seymour, a child psychologist, plunges into a river to save a young man from drowning, he unwittingly reopens a chapter from his past he d hoped to forget For Tom already knows Danny Miller When Danny was ten Tom helped imprison him for the killing of an old woman Now out of prisoBorder Crossing is Pat Barker s unflinching novel of darkness, evil and society.When Tom Seymour, a child psychologist, plunges into a river to save a young man from drowning, he unwittingly reopens a chapter from his past he d hoped to forget For Tom already knows Danny Miller When Danny was ten Tom helped imprison him for the killing of an old woman Now out of prison with a new identity, Danny has some questions questions he thinks only Tom can answer.Reluctantly, Tom is drawn back into Danny s world a place where the border between good and evil, innocence and guilt is blurred and confused But when Danny s demands on Tom become extreme, Tom wonders whether he has crossed a line of his own and in crossing it, can he ever go back Brilliantly crafted Unflinching yet sensitive, this is a dark story expertly told Daily Mail A tremendous piece of writing, sad and terrifying It keeps you reading, exhausted and blurry eyed, until 2am Independent on Sunday Resolutely unsensational but disquieting Barker probes not only the mysteries of evil but society s horrified and incoherent response to it Guardian Rich, challenging, surprising, breathtaking The Times

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    • Rachel Brown says:

      I read this because I loved Barker’s harrowing, gorgeously written, revelatory Regeneration trilogy, about shell-shocked soldiers in WWI. Having read Border Crossing… I highly recommend Regeneration.Tom Seymour, a psychologist, is walking along the river with his soon-to-be-ex-wife when a young man leaps into the river. Tom jumps in and saves his life. And then discovers that the young man, Danny, was once a ten-year-old boy who had gone to prison for murder after Tom had examined him and te [...]

    • Shaun Ryan says:

      Barker's prose is beautifully bleak, breathing life into her setting and characters while maintaining a sense of oppression, as though her fictional England and its people haven't seen the sun for months but manage to hope that at any moment it might break through the clouds.A story of memories that we often allow to deceive us, buried trauma and the way it creates hidden pathologies, and our sometimes fatal attraction to darkness, Border Crossing showcases our ability and willingness to both ma [...]

    • Cody | codysbookshelf says:

      I had such high hopes for this book. Back in April when I was on a female authors kick, I asked several bookworm friends who they recommended, and several said Pat Barker. Upon reading reviews online, I discovered Barker has been around since the '80s and is pretty popular -- at least in England. I checked book summaries of several of her novels and decided on Border Crossing, her 2001 novel that reminded me a bit of The Sixth Sense. I'm a fan of psychological study and recounts of childhood in [...]

    • Karen says:

      This was so intense, I was torn between wanting to read the whole thing at one sitting and needing to take a break just to get some mental breathing space. Yes, it was short, but it was so tight; not a word was wasted.If it was adapted into a screenplay I could see it being the perfect vehicle for a young actor to really prove his acting chops as Danny/Ian in much the same way as Primal Fear was for Edward Norton (who was really the only good thing in the film but, oh, SO good). The source mater [...]

    • Tiago Vinagre says:

      O começo até é razoável, mas a história pouco ou nada se desenvolve a partir daí, sendo bastante desinteressante. As personagens não são desenvolvidas e a escrita é confusa e desmotivadora. Este livro foi uma desilusão tão grande que levei 10 dias a conseguir acabá-lo, sendo que, numa situação normal e dado o seu tamanho, teria sido lido numas 3/4h.

    • Erica Mangin says:

      Man Pat Barker knows how to write. The tension was palpable at certain points in the book.

    • Gavin Stephenson-Jackman says:

      Tom jumps into the Tyne to rescue a young man from drowning. Something about the youth triggers a memory that makes him believe that he knows him. where. Later at casualty it becomes clear that Ian is the adult incarnation of a boy he, as a child psychologist, had determined capable of being tried as an adult for the murder of an elderly woman when he was 10. Ian was Danny, and Danny has issues that he feels only Tom can help him with. Danny will trust no one else as he tries to find meaning of [...]

    • John says:

      Psychologist Tom Seymour is out walking with his semi-estranged wife Lauren along the Tyne riverside when ahead of them they see a young man try to commit suicide by swallowing a handful of pills and throwing himself into the water. Tom dives in and saves the man; Lauren summons the cops. They both reckon they recognize the supposed stranger: it's Danny Miller who, 13 years ago, Tom analyzed and evaluated during Danny's trial for the murder and mutilation of an old woman. Danny was aged just ten [...]

    • JS Found says:

      There be spoilersBeautifully written but a feint. You think it's going to be the conventional story of a murderer psychologically worming his way into the life of the man who sent him to prison, so that he can enact his revenge. But late in this slim tale, that's not what happens. I don't know whether to be pleased Barker didn't complete the cliche or disappointed that she set it up so well as the cliche. Unfortunately, Barker didn't make her child murderer, now grown up, into a full person--he' [...]

    • Gigi S. says:

      This was one of the many books I had to read for school this year and I was surprised to find that I didn't hate it. Towards the end I actually stayed up into the early hours of the morning to read what happened because I was so compelled. Too bad the ending was an anti-climaxI guess there's always going to be a level of enjoyment when I initally thought this was literally about crossing borders. You know, refugees and stuff. I was so not looking forward to writing my six thousandth essay on the [...]

    • Carolyn Thomas says:

      Tom and Lauren are out walking along the deserted Newcastle waterfront one dismal grey afternoon when they suddenly notice a young man at the water's edge - a young man who appears to swallow a bottle of pills, and then throws himself into the icy current. Instinctively Tom jumps in to save him, drags him to shore, wraps him in a coat and calls for an ambulance. Although he feels a vague interest in the outcome, it isn't until he realizes he has wrapped the unknown man in his own coat that he de [...]

    • Alyson says:

      I very much enjoyed this book. Although short it was an intense read and 'unputdownable'. When Lauren and Tom are out walking they come across an apparent suicide. The boy, Danny, however is known to Tom from a past case, when Tom appeared as an expert witness at Danny's trial. As Tom and Danny reconnect the story explores Danny's past and Tom's current states of mind. It appears initially that Danny intends harm towards Tom, whom he blames at least partly for his conviction. Tension is ratchete [...]

    • Diane S ☔ says:

      3.5 In clear, concise and straightforward prose, Barker gives us another psychological novel, this time about a possible child killer. Was the ten year old convicted of killing an 80 yr. old woman, or was he in fact innocent. This is something psychiatrist Tom Seymour must ascertain, not once but twice. The suspense in this book was amazing and the subject matter so fascinating. What makes a psychopath or sociopath? I also like that the ending is not all spelled out and some of it is left to the [...]

    • Felicity says:

      Read this for my Year 12 English text. Didn't enjoy it like everyone else seemed to.

    • Karen says:

      This had some interesting parts, but the way it just sort of trailed off left me disappointed.

    • Bobbie Stanley says:

      I wanted so badly to love this book! I came upon this one after catching a trailer for The Drowning on YouTube. Since the movie wasn't available at the time and I was intrigued by the story, I set out to find the book it was based on, and this is it! I'm a big fan of books that become movies, though I usually find that the book is better than the movie. In this case, I'm sort of hoping the opposite, though I don't mean that as a slight to the author. On the whole, I really did like this book. Th [...]

    • Shalini says:

      Pat Barker takes the reader through an uncomfortable journey into the psychology of a perceived criminal mind. Society dehumanises those that break certain laws allowing a moral hegemony. Barker offers no such respite and relentlessly challenges preconceived notions of the reader, decisions of lawmakers and societal perceptions; and offers a view of the devastating effect this can have on an individual. It is such brilliant psychological journey that certain factual inaccuracies can be ignored.

    • Alison Cleary says:

      The second of this months RHS Bookclub reads - we must have picked a gloomy selection this year. Border Crossing - quite unlike other books of Barkers that I've read. Psychologist Tom Seymour, delves into his past and the mind of a young psychopath he helped jail 8 years. David/Ian, now 18, is seeking his own closure of events he seems not to be able to clearly remember.

    • Dan Harding says:

      Mesmerising, a bleak tale told in a controlled, hypnotic fashion, and with a moving final paragraph. What an amazing book this is.

    • Julie says:

      Ending was anticlimactic.

    • Micah says:

      My rating is closer to 3½ stars -- I really liked Barker's writing style and enjoyed several elements of the book, and I'm a sucker for stories about people who are nearly psychopaths but don't want to be, so the Danny character was the element that worked best for me. But overall the novel felt like an early draft of something that could have been much better. I am always hardest on books that I like but don't love, because I want to figure out why they didn't work for me. Thus, a review in wh [...]

    • Jane Shaw says:

      First Pat Barker I've read, but I read it in 2 days, I couldn't put it down, beautifully written, gripping, I loved it

    • Anne Goodwin says:

      Imagine you’re out for a walk one weekend and see a young man swallow handful of pills and jump into the river. Without thinking – or perhaps even as a distraction from the torment of your failing marriage – you strip off your heavy coat and plunge into the river to save him. Much later, after the ambulance has driven him away and you’ve sloughed off the river’s mud in a hot bath, you realise you’ve got the young man’s coat and, more to the point, he’s got yours, with a set of sp [...]

    • Michele says:

      I had to sit down after reading this book and seriously think about what the title meant because there aren't any obvious borders in the book.There are lots of boundaries though, and I suppose a book called Crossing Boundaries would sound too sociological to be a novel, so she chose the word "border" instead. But it made me have to think long and hard about what the title meant.I liked Barker's Regeneration and The Eye in the Door (still haven't read Ghost Road) but this novel is very different. [...]

    • Callie says:

      Pat Barker is one of my favorite writers, but this book didn't seem as strong to me as the others of hers that I have read. It's about a boy who kills an old woman when he is very young and then when he finally gets out of the institution he meets up with the shrink who helped put him away. The shrink being the one who attested that said boy knew (morally speaking) what he was doing when he killed the old woman. Sounds gory and depressing but I didn' find it so. Although I made certain I read ke [...]

    • zespri says:

      Pat Barker seems to enjoy exploring interesting and absorbing territory.In this book she examines the mind and motives of a convicted killer, but this one just happens to be 10 years old. Danny has served his time and is back in society, but is not managing his life very well. He takes drastic action to become re-united with the child psychologist who made the original assessment of his mental condition after the murder.Together, they start to unpick the circumstances that led to the killing, an [...]

    • Anne says:

      A fairly short novel of just over 200 pages, but I found it extremely hard to put down. There are some really important issues addressed within the story - mainly centred on how and why a 10 year old child becomes a murderer. Can he be returned to society, can he live normally and will he ever face up to his crimes and can he avoid the media?This is not a crime thriller, but is still a thrilling read. The relationship between Tom - the child psychologist and Danny, the young man recently release [...]

    • Karen says:

      The novel is about a psychologist who, in the midst of his own divorce, meets up with a young man who he had evaluated and testified against years before. The disintegration of the marriage feels so real that it was painful to read. Shadowed in the background was recent death the main character's father and a recurring image from a dream: love is a rabbit running among tombstones.At the same time, he is dealing with this former quasi-patient. A corrosive personality who epitomizes the concept of [...]

    • Cat. says:

      WOW!! What a great book! Not cut-and-dried "happily ever after" here; well, not exactly. The main character is a child psychologist whose testimony about the mental state of a boy sends him to prison for the murder of a neighbor. The boy was 10, but fast-forward to the beginning of this book--about a decade later?--and he's been released and given a new identity so as to re-enter society. Did he know what he was doing and was he responsible for his neighbor's death? Can a 10-year-old reason that [...]

    • Karine says:

      I only began reading Pat Barker fairly recently, despite having seen her books around for years. I started with Toby's Room and the Regeneration trilogy, fittingly reading these WW1 books in 2014, and have now decided to look at her other titles.This book is rather bleak in premise with its intertwining topics of murderous children and the disintegrating marriage of a psychologist who specialises in treating troublesome children. But it is a truly engrossing read with good characterisation and a [...]

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