It's springtime in London and everything is about to change for Annie Mulholland. From the moment she meets Stephen Flint, things seem too good to be true as Annie abandons her customary cautiousness for a wild love affair.
In Somerset, Kate Brady is starting a new job. Fresh air, new faces and good old fashioned hard work is just what she needs to put everything that happened in Dublin behind her.
But what are these two old friends hiding, and for how long can they run from the secrets of their past before they come crashing into their futures?
Firstly a massive thank you to Penguin for approving me for a copy of this title via NetGalley. I read this very early on in 2015 even though publication date is TODAY! I just hope this review does this book the justice it deserves!
The story is all about two friends Annie Mulholland and Kate Brady. Both girls are on the brink of something new in their lives but both are haunted by their past.
I was totally intrigued by the blurb! I love a bit of mystery and there is definitely plenty of this in the story. Both Kate and Annie narrate throughout the story and going by the title I knew that something was brewing for both girls I just didn’t have a clue what or how it was going to happen!
Annie is feeling run down after her alternative therapy business becomes more demanding. She has a rather nervous disposition and the cause of that isn’t revealed until later in the story. She’s surrounded by a group of friends who all look out for her, her sister and their friends Tim and Claudine. I loved their group meetings and the contrasting personalities in the group. It felt so realistic and simply as if you are acting as a voyeur during their meals together rather than reading the story.
Annie’s knight in shining armour appears in the form of Stephen Flint who pulls her up out of her mildly depressed state and appears to transform her life in a whirlwind of opportunities. Throughout, something niggled in my mind about Stephen, like he wasn’t all he was cut out to be, but at every turn he continued to surprise and be there for Annie.
Kate’s new adventure seems to be at the other end of the extreme to Annie’s. She’s taken herself off for a new start at a new job, and like Annie she seems to suffer from anxiety. Her anxiety is palpable and she tries to reveal as little about herself as possible which has you as the reader questioning every possibility. I absolutely loved her new job and all of the friends she meets. Each of them seem to soothe her soul in exactly the way she needs and I loved seeing her relax a little and there is almost a complete transformation in her character.
After about 2/3s of the story Lucy basically takes everything you’ve ever been sure of and throws it all up in the air! Talk about a mind blowing plot twist. I have real respect for her writing skill after reading this. Both Kate and Annie’s stories appear to run parallel with each other throughout interwoven with flash back scenes to the life a seven year old girl. I was guessing at every turn the entire way through this story and so totally did not see the ending coming! When the story is revealed you will also have a newfound respect for Lucy for her research and approach to the issues she writes about in this story.
This is without a doubt one of the most gripping and enthralling reads of 2015. Lucy Robinson has hit the nail on the head with this novel, a big well done!