Fen works in a bookshop and is devoted to her young son, Connor, but she keeps herself to herself.
Haunted by guilt and a terrible secret, Fen lives a compromised life, isolated from her family, far from home and too afraid of the past to risk becoming close to anyone.
She is constantly looking over her shoulder, knowing that one day the truth will catch up with her.
Sean, on the other hand, is enjoying a seemingly perfect life.
He has a successful career, lives in his dream home and adores his beautiful wife, Belle, and their six-year-old daughter, Amy.
That is until the day Belle announces she has found someone else and wants Sean to move out.
Circumstance throws Fen and Sean together. Slowly their quiet friendship turns into something much deeper and the joy they find in one another eventually gives them the confidence to trust and love again.
But will the past tear them apart just as they find happiness?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 05/02/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330454414
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Review by SueinCyprus
This is the story of two lonely people, one with a stressful past, and the other with a difficult current situation. Each has a young child. The story switches between their viewpoints, charting their growing friendship and more. <br/><br/>There’s not a whole lot of plot; the mystery surrounding the past isn’t as terrible as it might have been; the issues in the present are resolved, more-or-less. The book is primarily about coming to terms with the past, and the need for honesty, while making wise decisions and moving forward. <br/><br/>I liked the main female character, and thought the scenes with the children worked well. It was harder to like the male protagonist, who is a stereotypical beer-swilling insensitive guy; yet he’s very attached to his daughter, and gradually learns more about himself and those he cares for. <br/><br/>The conversation is believable, if a bit trite in places, and the writing is good. Overall, I thought this an enjoyable read, difficult to put down by the time I was half way through, although there was more bad language than I’m comfortable with. The ending was positive and hopeful, albeit predictable and rather too abrupt. <br/>