- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2892 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: HQ; 1 edition (3 Mar. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QVP6M50
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 167 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The main plot of the story is based on the fact that when Evie's father dies suddenly and unexpectedly at home, there is no post-mortem autopsy. This would actually never happen in England. Our legal system demands that in any situation similar to the one described here, that the cause of death is investigated by a coroner. Therefore the basis of the story is flawed from the beginning and isn't worth the bother of reading.
Whilst going through her father's files and bank statements Evie uncovers something shocking and realises that she didn't know her father at all. Her mother's fragile mental health has been the catalyst to all that had been so difficult in the past, especially after her brother's death, so she cannot discuss this with her. Her dilemma is whether to pursue this new avenue and if to confide in her mother.
At the funeral she meets her boyfriend from her school days. He had wanted something permanent but she felt she was too young. It is to him she turns, with his encouragement, to sort out fact from fiction.
Her journey takes things to another level and the secrets leave her astonished that she knew and understood so little about her father. Her mother also has a few surprises as well. Keep reading ...
This jumps between her childhood conversations after her brothers death and the present day which can be a bit disconcerting. An average dysfunctional family deeply affected by death and mental illness. I liked it because the book holds your emotions in its hand and plays you very cleverly, an excellent holiday read that will make you smile and cry. It made me want to uncover more lies and find out what was really true and what wasn`t, I could feel what she felt and that`s the essence of a good read isn`t it, to feel yourself actually in the story. Clever twist at the end !
However, it was an okay read though, a little bit obvious but no real
twist in the plot that I could see, I didn't give up on the plot because I wanted to see what the outcome would be, on the whole I would not be rushing to read any other books by this author.
One small note ... There were a few typos in the Kindle version. The proof-reader needs to check more carefully.
In summary, an intriguing story, believable characters and well written.
It took me a while to get used to the dual timeline with present day and relevant past experiences being shared chapter by chapter but once I got used to it it works so well. In short, the main character (now living in Dubai) receives news that her father has died but upon returning home she finds deceit and revelations at pretty much every turn, related to her recently dead father, oddly upbeat mother and long dead brother.
I loved the book and just found out that this was the author's first book! A great start.
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