Back of the Book :
For a decade, Hannah’s life has been pretty close to perfect – she has a great job, she’s married to Mark, and her child-free existence means she’s free as a bird. The only sadness in her life is a fall-out with her sister Diane, who hasn’t spoken to her in over ten years. But now Diane is on her doorstep – and this time, she’s got her teenage daughter Mia in tow.
When Diane asks if Mia can stay with Hannah and Mark for a few days, Hannah is glad of the chance to get to know her niece. But as the days turn into weeks and Diane doesn’t return, Hannah begins to worry. Why hasn’t her sister been in touch?
Diane is carrying a devastating secret that will destroy Hannah’s carefully constructed life. But how much is she willing to reveal – and when will she pick her moment?
What I think :
Hannah has a pretty good life, she and husband Mark don’t have any worries. They have a lovely home and Mark has a brilliant job and Hannah’s dream of being an author is about to come true.
They are childless, but that’s exactly how they want it.
So when Hannah’s sister Diane turns up on her doorstep with her fourteen year old daughter, Mia, Hannah has a bit of a surprise. She is quite shocked, as the two sisters had a huge row just after their mother died and haven’t spoken since. That was eleven years ago !!
Hannah has an even bigger shock when Diane asks if she and Mark can look after Mia for a while while she sorts out some issues that have arisen. They have never looked after a child before so they are pretty nonplused to say the least, but agree to. As Diane leaves she hands Mark a letter, inside is a letter addressed to him dropping a huge bombshell …
Diane becomes uncontactable over the next couple of days, even Mia finds it difficult to get in contact with her mother. Nobody seems to know where she is and what she up to. She is gone for almost two weeks.
Then the unimaginable happens and Diane is found dead on the railway tracks close to her home, she has committed suicide.
But why … ?
What was secrets was she keeping …. ?
I quite liked this story, although I did guess what was going on about half way through, but it didn’t ruin it in any way. I think that it was quite reminiscent of an early Susan Lewis, who is one of my most favourite authors so that wasn’t a bad thing.
This story that has some brilliant characters that tackle some quite difficult issues, such as suicide and illness. It also tells of how a family pulls together in times of crisis and that if you’ve got family then you’ve always got support.
I must admit though that I did think that the story did feel slightly unfinished, so maybe there might be another book with Hannah and Mark as the main characters ?
I enjoyed this book and give it 8/10
Published by Avon Books on 21/03/19.
As always a huge Thank you to the wonderful Sabah Khan at Avon Books for the review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.