No Room For Tearse
Rating: 2.5 / 5
The first thing you notice about No Room For Tears is that, despite having a female author, it’s written from a male perspective. This wouldn’t be a problem if the book was a novel, but it paints itself as a memoir.
Croft assures us there’s reason to her method—“The story is based on the first 30 years of Matt Logan’s life as he related to me. It has been published as a public interest story to highlight the limitations, in his experience, of the mental health system in WA.”
It’s an unfortunate distraction because, once you get into the story, No Room for Tears is a real page-turner. Croft has got into the head of Matt, a young man trying to make the right decisions in the face of incredible challenges. But we never find out what happened to the ‘real’ Matt, so it’s difficult not to feel a little cheated.