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An engrossing read
on 9 January 2013
Events in this novel take place over a period of only 4 days and involve 4 women, all apparently unconnected. Firstly we have Jessica, a movie star who appears to be completely overwhelmed by her celebrity status and has become a virtual recluse. Next we have Dana, a former soldier who has had service in Irag and Afghanistan and who now works as a bodyguard. Dana's life is planned and organised in a completely rigid manner. Then we have Lynn, a recovering alcoholic, now running a rescue centre for dogs. Finally we have Vivien, only 17 years old, but a single mother of twin babies.
All 4 women are damaged in some way by events in their past and are struggling to move forward in their lives. During the 4 days over which the novel is set, we learn something about all the women and we start to understand how their past lives have shaped them. As the 4 days pass, events unfold and we learn that all 4 woman are connected in some way. As the days pass, the lives of all the women become entangled in different ways. By the end of the 4 days all of the women have moved on with their lives and have gone some way to finding peace in ways which none of them had anticipated.
This is a very enjoyable novel. The characterisation is excellent and all 4 women are entirely believable. I could picture all four of them quite clearly in my mind, almost as if I was watching a movie. The story is a good one and the author weaves together the stories of the four women very cleverly so that only so much is revealed at a time. This means that tension is maintained throughout. All of the women have a story to tell and I would love to have known more about their pasts. I am sure that the author could probably write a novel about each of the women is she chose to do so. There is certainly enough material.
Altogether a very enjoyable and engrossing read which I am very happy to recommend.