Post Script: The Easy Way Out – Steven Amsterdam

The Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out

Steven Amsterdam

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733636271



A brand new novel everyone will be talking about from the award-winning author of THINGS WE DIDN’T SEE COMING and WHAT THE FAMILY NEEDED.


If you could help someone in pain, would you?


Evan is a nurse, a suicide assistant. His job is legal . . . just. He’s the one at the hospital who hands out the last drink to those who ask for it.


Evan’s friends don’t know what he does during the day. His mother, Viv, doesn’t know what he’s up to at night. And his supervisor suspects there may be trouble ahead.


As he helps one patient after another die, Evan pushes against legality, his own morality and the best intentions of those closest to him, discovering that his own path will be neither quick nor painless.


He knows what he has to do.


In this powerful novel, award-winning author Steven Amsterdam challenges readers to face the most taboo and heartbreaking of dilemmas. Would you help someone end their life?



My View:

This book is very easy to read, the main characters are well developed and interesting, contemporary themes are explored in depth, many perspectives are shared; this book has a lot to offer.


Relationships are put under the microscope, moral dilemmas abound.  I applaud this author as he deftly introduces the subjects of assisted suicides, voluntary euthanasia, depression, terminal illness and suicide by “accident” into this narrative. Steven Amsterdam has cleverly created a safe place for lively discussion within this work of contemporary fiction and his experience as a palliative care nurse gives this book a unique tone and honesty as it subtly asks the question, “Would you help someone end their life?”


An interesting contemporary read that will cause reflection and debate.



6 thoughts on “Post Script: The Easy Way Out – Steven Amsterdam

  1. Oh, this does sound really interesting, Carol. There are so many ethical issues around this question of assisted suicide, aren’t there? It’s not a settled issue, and I think people have such a variety of different perspectives. Sounds like a really good book club choice.

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