I have to say I have read some mixed reviews of this book, it seems to divide people, and everybody is entitled to an opinion.
It’s a great story
But it’s going to be hard to review it without giving anything away in the way of spoilers.
The story, a bit like life itself, is a like a domino rally. In this case one of those where two different dominos are tipped over in different strings, at the same time, and start a chain reaction that culminates in that final slab falling, with one hell of a bang.
The first domino in the first string. Alicia has been telling a lie for a while now. It’s not a malicious lie, more the type of lie that involves not telling your family about a piece of your past which is a bit murky.
But when somebody from that past turns up in the present, and has a malicious streak about them, then things start to go wrong.
More lies are told to try and cover up the past, and the tumbling dominos gather speed.
Alicia’s husband is shattered after finishing a long night shift at the hospital. Because she’s been distracted Alicia has forgot to fill her car with fuel, and when it doesn’t start her husband piles Alicia, and their two children, into the car to drop them off to work, school, and the child minders.
And so the first domino of the second string is toppled.
Together the two strings gather pace, weaving across each other until the traumatic culmination and the dropping of the final tile, right in the centre of everything.
This book really plays with the emotions, there are times when I empathised with the main character but hated her. There were other times when I hated what she was doing but loved her.
I really liked it.
Publishing date: 10th August 2018.