Meeting, initially, with indifference from the authorities on the death of their daughter, Katya, Claire and Mark are forced into the role of amateur detectives. What led to Katya's demise? How did she die? What is the truth behind the "evidence" found at the house? And who are the two people whom the police have arrested?
These are the questions Claire and Mark must answer. And in doing so, they will have to confront their own troubled past. A painful post mortem of past mistakes must follow: the realisation of the consequences of their actions; the acceptance of character flaws. Honesty, alone, will lead them to an understanding of what it means to forgive each other; to forgive yourself. And only then to the possibility of an unexpected, and enduring, love for one another.
REVIEWS: “A cleverly told story, interweaving the different tales of Katya's life, the deterioration of her parents' marriage, the family's separate journeys through bereavement, all culminating in the Inquest and the answer about Katya's drug dependency. Nothing and no one's reactions are simple and, in the end, there are loose ends - just like life. . . . this is a book I will both go back to read again and pass on to others.”
Liz Manning - Woman Alive Book Club
“The book is beautifully written, the characters well drawn and I felt that I was walking alongside the characters as they went through this emotional period of time. I felt one of the messages of the book was “how to forgive yourself”. Claire feels (as I believe do most parents) that she has failed her daughter. . . We see how Claire comes to terms with her imperfections, and learns that to move on, you have to forgive yourself as well as others.”
Hugh Doxat-Pratt, UK
“The book is riveting I could not put it down. . . It brought many buried things to the surface which I shall have to get to grips with over the next few days and weeks.”
Sue Jenner, Facebook
Margaret Vaughan – Amazon
If you've read and enjoyed Jodi Picoult's books, you'll love this. In the words of one reader, it's "unputdownable".