Oh looksee – I seem to have finished reading another book. This time we are back to one of my favourite authors. So here we have:
Book Blurb: Alice has been lying to herself for years, holding fast to the belief that the needs of her family far outweigh her own.
But her outwardly successful marriage hides dark secrets, and for much of her life, the children were the only reason she stuck around.
These days, though her successful banker son lives nearby, his young wife seems to do everything she can to keep Alice at bay. As for Alice’s other son, he has always been something of a stranger and has been traveling for so long that Alice isn’t even sure what continent he is on anymore.
Alice can’t help but wonder if the effort she expends presenting a united front to the outside world is actually helping anyone and what would happen if she suddenly stopped pretending.
Could life, like the novels she devours, hold surprises in its closing chapters?
And if she did shake everything up by admitting the truth about her marriage, would anyone be on her side? Has the time finally come for Alice to put her own needs first?
For the first time in years, her heart is racing. Can Alice really change her life?
Dare she even imagine such a thing?
My Thoughts: Well here we have yet another amazing story from the very talented Nick Alexander. I have to say that I found sections of this book rather hard reading, not because it was badly written but rather because it was SO well written that it was almost painful.
The relationship between Alice and the three men in her life, her husband and two sons, is nothing if not complicated.
From very early on we get the feeling that Alice has long since accepted her lot in life but it is certainly not the happiest of existences.
Like many women in her situation she is both strong and yet beaten down, never believing that there is any possibility of things changing, but when she finally realises that things have to change she is unsure of where she can turn to for help.
Her son Tim is rather weak and mostly wants to protect the comfortable life he has made for himself and his own family. Her friend Dot is supportive but has a life of her own. As for her “other son” Matt… well most of the the time Alice doesn’t even know where he is let alone be able to relate to him.
The relationships between all of the different characters in this book are so well written that they really do feel fully formed people with all the complications that can come with that.
A wonderful book which I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending. Another triumph!