had been sexual abuse in the family.
He was confused, he didn't really believe it but, if he did, he assumed the abuser would be tyrannical Jack. Alex returned home and confronted Marcus and then Oliver, both of whom confirmed that there had been abuse and that the abuser was Jill.
Almost from the moment Alex had woken from his coma, Marcus was determined to fill his empty memory with a happy childhood, not with the appalling reality. Why, I ask him, had he taken on this lifelong commitment?
from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: Mother, Madness and Memory