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5.0 out of 5 starsGripping, Page-Turner
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 30, 2018
The dynamic and often intense relationship that exists between sisters is brought to the fore in this gripping tale with the story being told from both Louise and Alice’s viewpoint, in different timelines. It begins with what 11-year old Archie (Louise’s son) witnessed 18-months earlier, who has been viciously sworn to secrecy.
The sisters were raised in a home where they witnessed their mother suffer abuse at the hands of their controlling father. His death was a huge relief to their mother but his absence does not improve the jealousy that exists between the sisters. If anything, the money they inherit complicates matters and when Louise parts with her's foolishly, the money that their mother will leave on her death becomes of utmost importance to her. Her poor choices result in her son Archie having to keep burdensome secrets.
As it turns out, it is not just little Archie that is keeping secrets. Others in this intriguing story have things to hide as well. The question as to how they are connected makes for a gripping read and a link I particularly enjoyed was Alice sitting by the window and watching the tram go by outside. Every morning she sees the same man in the same seat in the same car. He is handsome and she finds she looks forward to seeing him. When he looks up and waves one morning, she thinks he is waving to her. His role in the story is clever and well thought out.
There are so many good things to say about this book; it was enthralling a definite page-turner.