Top positive review
A gripping and extremely well-written novel which I thoroughly enjoyed
6 December 2017
I don't think I'm going to be able to find the words to say how much I enjoyed this book. Not sure what to expect, as it was recommended to me by a friend, from the very first page, I was hooked. For a start, it's based in the UK, which is a nice change from the US or an alternative, dystopian world, and furthermore was set in the seventies, an era I have rosy, childhood memories of, so the whole tone, language and music which featured throughout felt nostalgically familiar.
This book is by an independent author, and I'm always a little concerned as to what the quality of the writing is going to be, to say nothing of the spelling, punctuation, grammar and even formatting. Having suffered through books that should have been written in crayon, they were so full of childish spelling mistakes, to books where the author clearly didn't have the first clue about how to format, I really have seen it all. I needn't have worried. The formatting was exactly as it should be, the punctuation was all present and correct, and there wasn't a single spelling mistake to be found.
So, technically it's perfect, but what about the writing itself? I'm happy to report that this too was top rate. Using a crisp and pacy style, the writer is clearly one very talented lady, and her skill shines through each and every word. Her characters are instantly believable and three dimensional, and you really suffer along with her main character, Kerry. Guessing what her terrible Secret is fairly early on in the book, you'd have to have a heart made of stone, not to sympathise with her predicament.
I became so caught up in the story, I found myself becoming angry with the mother character, talking out loud and even slamming down my kindle in exasperated fury at one point - this is always a sign of a truly gripping book with me.
Overall, a gripping and extremely well-written novel which I thoroughly recommend, and I will certainly be looking to read some more from this author.