There is something exciting and yet almost worrying when a favourite author has a new book out – you’ve loved all their other work but what if this new one is a flop?? I had that feeling when I got hold of this latest release by Nick Alexander… would this be the one I would class “not as good as his others…” Read on to find out!
Let the Light Shine by Nick Alexander
Blurb: From Nick Alexander, the #1 bestselling author of The Photographer’s Wife & The Other Son.
Penny and Victoria are about as different as two siblings can be, one with a smart London lifestyle, the other struggling to make ends meet.
But they are joined by more than blood, and their shared tragic past is affecting the present more than they realise.
When events begin to tug at the fabric beneath which dark secrets are hidden, the resulting chaos threatens to tear the two families apart.
Could there be aspects of the past that youngest child Penny doesn’t remember?
Could the truth of Marge be more complex than the beloved mother the girls choose to perceive?
And could the true story of that terrible Christmas be the key to understanding Victoria, Marge, and much much more?
A moving new drama from Nick Alexander, Let The Light Shine is a tale of sisterhood, resilience and hope that will have you hooked to the gripping end.
My thoughts: All families have their secrets – but not all members of the family always know what those secrets are. Penny and Victoria may have shared a childhood but their lives went off in very different directions. On the surface Victoria has it all – the money and comfortable life, while her younger sister Penny works all hours to support her family, and a husband who is searching for artistic inspiration in all the wrong places. But looks can be deceiving. Victoria is struggling with past events that have remained buried for too long, while Penny is generally happier than her “more successful” sister.
In this novel Nick Alexander has demonstrated one of his great strengths – writing characters and relationships you can really believe in, so much so that there were times when I wanted to shake one or other of the characters. There were also times when I had to wipe away a few tears before carrying on.
Secrets can never remain a secret forever though – and when the truth starts to be revealed the sisters will either be torn apart forever or be closer than before… only time will tell which.
Another great read from a wonderful author, as with all good books I was sorry to get to the end but ultimately satisfied by the story’s conclusion 🙂