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Dark and disturbing
on 1 September 2010
Lucy has a dark past that she cannot let those close to her know about. She has spent twenty years on the run and has finally found normality when one day, she is thrust into the public spotlight and she has to leave behind the life she has created and the people she loves. She flees to Europe but eventually her past catches up with her and Lucy has to face up to it once and for all.
I won't spoil it (although it will be obvious when you start reading) but the story is told from the perspective of Lucy, a 15 year old named Marianne and Eliza, Lucy's almost sister in law. In having three narrators, the reader is able to keep up with the life Lucy has left behind and another secret is revealed.
If you have read any of Emily Barr's other books, you will know to expect the darkness of plot and character that we see in Lucy. If you are new to Barr's books, then be prepared. Her characters are not the light hearted cocktail sipping socialites of the majority of chick lit. They all bear a secret, a past that is damaging and haunting and will keep you thinking about them for days after you've finished the book.
This book will have you engrossed from page one. Emily Barr manages to detail harrowing and hateful experiences in her pages which leaves the reader feeling disturbed during those scenes but then continues without being too heavy going. Having read this, I can't wait for her next book and also quite fancy a trip to Venice!