Source: Orion publishing via NetGalley
A TWIST THAT WILL BREAK YOUR HEART . . . AN ENDING THAT WILL PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.
‘Utterly compelling and completely heart-breaking. I couldn’t put it down’ Ruth Hogan
‘Compelling and moving . . . it made me cry’ Marian Keyes
Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.
As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?
I first learned of this book from Anne Cater who reviewed it on her blog Here
I was delighted to be accepted for a NetGalley copy. I read the book that day and couldn’t keep away from it.
It’s a novel about life, death, family, trust, grief, denial and blame. And a lot of other things besides. Books examining family dynamics have always fascinated me. In this story we meet Jess, for whom life changed dramatically when she was ten years old and saw her elder sister by three years, Lily, coming out of a the door of the spare room. Whatever happened that day, we don’t discover until near the very end and it’s ever present throughout the story. The event rocked Jess’s world, caused her to irrevocably fall out with Lily and destroyed their family harmony forever. My mind positively boggled as I ran through all kinds of scenarios in my head and each one was wrong!
Moving back and forth between the 1980’s and the present day, Audrey, the girl’s mother is terminally ill and determined to live what’s left of her life to the full. The things she plans to do on her bucket list are achievable if she gets a move on and Audrey enlists the help of her granddaughters, Pheobe and Mia, the respective children of Lily and Jess. One problem with that though is that Jess has forbidden Mia to have any contact with Pheobe.
Gripping throughout and beautifully written, this book tore me out and turned me inside out with the emotion of it all. Although you might get through a box of tissues reading this book, it’s not however a misery read, it’s an uplifting wonderful read and is simply outstanding.
The situation between Jess and her family prompted me to write to a family member of mine from whom I’m estranged and who is as stubborn and unforgiving as Jess and I don’t hold out any hope of a reconciliation but can only try. As this book reminds us, life really is too short.
An outstanding read
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