I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was initially unsure on whether a family drama type of book would be up my alley. However, I was not disappointed.
Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job. But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years.
Sasha’s mother, Annie, is old and finds it difficult to distinguish between past and present and between truth and lies. As Annie sinks deeper back into her past, she revisits the key events in her life which have shaped her emotionally. Through it all, she remains convinced that her dead husband Joe is watching and waiting for her. But there’s one thing she never told him, and as painful as it is for her to admit the truth, Annie is determined to go to Joe with a guilt-free conscience.
As the plot unfurls, traumas are revealed and lies uncovered, revealing long-buried secrets which are at the root of Annie and Sasha’s fractious relationship.
As mentioned in the synopsis, our MC Sasha is struggling with her life and her family.
A lot is mentioned in the synopsis, so when the ‘twists’ happened, they weren’t necessarily a surprise. After saying that, not EVERYTHING is revealed in the synopsis and there are a couple of surprises that I didn’t see coming.
I really enjoyed how this book was written. Each chapter was from a different characters perspective whether it be Sasha, Joe or Annie which meant that we got to know everyone’s back story and also everyone’s perspective on what exactly was going on. I feel that because of this, I really bonded with the characters a lot more than I would have, had it been written differently. Deborah has done a fantastic job of sucking us in as the reader and getting us to care for, and on occasion dislike, these characters which is a real credit to her as a writer.
I would definitely pick another one of Deborah’s books up in the future.
I gave this book 4.5/5 stars.