Is holding on harder than letting go?
Dan’s life has fallen apart at the seams. He’s lost his house, his job is on the line, and now he’s going to lose his family too. All he’s ever wanted is to keep them together, but is everything beyond repair?
Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered. Nights are spent trying to hold terrible memories at bay, to escape the pain that threatens to engulf her.
Jack wakes up confused and alone. He doesn’t know who he is, how he got there, or why he finds himself on a deserted clifftop, but will piecing together the past leave him a broken man?
In the face of real tragedy, can these three people find a way to reconcile their past with a new future? And is love enough to carry them through?
This is one of those books that unfolds slowly in front of you. The more reveals there are, the more gripping it gets.
It is told from three different angles.
‘Jack’ – waking up in a strange place with no memory of who he is or how he got there, trying to piece everything together.
‘Dan’ – a weary reporter whose life is falling apart at the seams.
‘Maria’- writing letters to someone called ‘Sam’
Slowly these people’s lives are revealed to be intertwined. By the halfway mark there is a penny dropping moment, but still a fair few questions.
Dan’s story is told in reverse, leading from the present to a fateful day that is a linchpin of the story. It could be confusing switching between characters and time lines at first, but once I got used to it, it actually made sense, adding to the “what’s going on” feeling, making it more of a page turner
By about 2/3 through I thought I had it all figured out, but all the small nuances and extra reveals were great. And that ending! Hit me right in the feels.
Full of depth and emotion, managing to portray the complexities of life as a parent, partner and child equally poignantly.
Well written, well paced, very engaging characters and story. Really enjoyable!
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Finished on February 4th 2017
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