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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Aug. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HE8S7Q
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On the day of her grandmother's funeral, Natasha Kapoor's life is at an all time low. Her business is heading for bankruptcy, her marriage is on the rocks. Her Grandfather gives her a few pages of her Aunt Cecily's diary, written in the weeks before she tragically died in an accident at the age of 15. As Natasha reads the diary she is swept back into the past, finding out perhaps more than she wanted to about her family's past.
A really interesting and compelling read. Much more thought provoking than I had bargained for when I chose this book.
Natasha Kapoor returns to Cornwall to attend the funeral of her grandmother and it is clear there are tensions and divisions within the family which can be traced back to the tragic death of Natasha's Aunt Cecily who died when she was only fifteen. Amongst her grandmother's possessions are pages of the diary that the teenager kept in the summer she died and this leads Natasha to investigate and to try to understand the effect this death had on them all.
Flashing backwards and forwards in time, we read Cecily's diary and read first hand her thoughts on the events of that summer, teenage love, family rivalry and adult behaviour that woke her up to reality. I am not going to say too much as I certainly don't want to give the plot away, but there are twists and turns throughout.
I found this book pretty unputdownable and sat and read it straight through in one afternoon. Very much reminded me of Rosamunde Pilcher, not a bad thing let's face it, and I feel this book is streets ahead of her earlier writing. Thoroughly enjoyable and an excellent read.
The structure of this novel immediately indicates that it's going to be about family secrets hidden and revealed, and - disclaimer - I'm really not a fan of novels about family secrets, as they are usually incredibly predictable and cliched. Evans doesn't really avoid these pitfalls in the 2009 section - I didn't find Natasha a particularly convincing character and the supporting cast, including her relatives, are very sketchy. Perhaps partly because of this, I found it really hard in the first section to keep track of who was who, and would have appreciated a family tree. The book also lurches into melodrama as Natasha confronts her grandfather and her mother, and tries to work out what is happening between herself and her husband, Oli. Therefore I wasn't looking forward at all to the 1963 section - usually in popular fiction a chance for the author to indulge in mock-history and brooding weather patterns.
I was very pleasantly surprised.Read more ›
The back cover drew me in straight away with the reference to finding a diary from the past and various problems to solve in the present day as well as those from the past. I was very curious to find out everything. The story is split into two time zones, contemporary (2009) London and 1963 Cornwall. Very distinct voices are used for both parts; first person narration by Natasha in the present day and third person objective narrative for the scenes set in Cornwall.
Natasha has a good few personal problems and we first meet her on the way to Cornwall for her grandmother's funeral, although we already know that in 1963 an illicit meeting took place on the beach in Cornwall which is seen by someone who shouldn't have. This sets the scene for the story and how the past has influenced the present, and all the years in between. After the funeral she is given a diary belonging to her aunt Cecily who died in 1963 aged 15, and this is extremely enlightening when we get to read it for ourselves.Read more ›
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