In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.
A tragic accident? Or suicide?
Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out.
Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love.
She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family.
But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life.
Because everyone has secrets.
And secrets have consequences.
Some of which can be devastating.
Adrian drove me mad, ok, not the best way to start a review but I found him to be very irritating indeed. I mean he takes his two ex-wives, his current wife and all his children away on holiday together, I know that it is great that they all get along together, but I think there is something wrong with this picture. After all, why get divorced at all. It seemed to me that Adrian´s character wanted more than he could chew.
“There is nothing normal about our family”
I haven´t read any other books by Lisa so this was a great introduction. The storyline jumps back and forwards 2 years. It is easy to follow.
I did like Maya´s character. She was well introduced, even though she didn´t have a huge part I could feel what she was going through. But most of the book is from Adrian´s point of view. Going into his mind, his past and his ex-wifes. The book is well written and I enjoyed it loads and it is nicely paced, so much so I finished it in one day. All the family members seem perfect, after all the ex-wives get on so well with each other and Adrian is happy to drive 2 hours or so to visit one of them who has just called. But bit by bit Lisa Jewell peels away the layers and with some of them all is not as it seems on the outside.
“All that money on private school, and that´s what he got for it. A big posh, jobless streak of attitude who used the word whiffs “
I was wondering all the time, right up until it was revealed who wrote the emails. I probably should have guessed, but I didn´t.
I very much enjoyed this book, a fast read, psychological thriller, betrayal and secrets involving a large extended family.
• File Size: 771 KB
• Print Length: 420 pages
• Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846059259
• Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (July 3, 2014)
• Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
• Language: English
• ASIN: B00IA6MC3E
Genre: chick lit, with a bit of psychological thriller, family, emotional
About the Author
She was educated at St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School in Finchley, north London, leaving school after one day in the sixth form to do an art foundation course at Barnet College followed by a diploma in fashion illustration at Epsom School of Art & Design.
She worked in fashion retail for several years, namely Warehouse and Thomas Pink.
After being made redundant, Jewell accepted a challenge from her friend to write three chapters of a novel in exchange for dinner at her favourite restaurant. Those three chapters were eventually developed into Jewell’s debut novel Ralph’s Party, which then became the UK’s bestselling debut novel in 1999.
Jewell is one of the most popular authors writing in the UK today, and in 2008 was awarded the Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance for her novel 31 Dream Street.
She currently lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha, and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).