About 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?
An emotional story that delves into the true meaning of family, sisterhood and secrets. Perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher and Adele Parks.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Hannah and Mark have a happy but childless marriage when Diane, Hannah’s estranged sister turns up on the doorstep asking them to look after Mia, their niece, for a short time. She doesn’t explain why, only that she has something to take care of. But Diane isn’t being entirely honest and you know that her actions are going to have a devastating affect on the family.
The author does a convincing job of creating three voices, I could appreciate Hannah’s attempts to make Mia more comfortable and not let her annoyance with Diane dominate, Mark’s guilt over the past, and Mia’s confusion over her mother leaving her with relatives she couldn’t remember.
The story takes place in Manchester, I always enjoy reading a novel about somewhere I know so could appreciate the references to the Central Library, the museums and the parks. I enjoyed seeing Hannah start on her second novel, whilst enjoying the build up to the publication of her first.
But most of all I enjoyed reading about how the relationship between Hannah and Diane turned sour and how Hannah, despite everything, managed to make life more bearable for Mia.