Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide?
Faye knows her heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She also knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life.
Faye is left wondering how to move forward – and whether or not Jack’s best friend Ethan will let her down again.
And the news of Jack’s death ripples through the lives of her friends too. Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind.
Poor Olivia is juggling her job and her boyfriend with supporting her friends and trying to deal with a death of her own. And Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest, even though she never knew him.
Is Beth about to take her own life too?
The Second Cup is an intense novel, where four friends share the story of what happens after Jack’s suicide. Third-person flashbacks are skillfully interwoven in amongst their voices to add a real richness and depth to this heart-wrenching story.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This has been more than a story for me having been in the same shoes as Faye. Well that was for me to have almost lost a loved one but for some there is a second chance. I don’t think that suicide is a choice. I think suicide is the only thing left when there is nothing else to choose.
When I read what this book was about I must admit to have been hesitant but within only a few pages of starting it I just knew that the way it was written was not from someone who had simply done research, it was too recognisable and it became a release of an emotional flood gate that I could actually grab hold of.
When Faye decides to look up her first love from university days she wasn’t expecting to hear that he had died, well committed suicide in fact. She was devastated finding solace in her group of close friends. The story centres round how the news of Jack’s death affects them all in the dynamics of the group. The story spins off to each of the characters lives from childhood, with each of them facing their own demons and heart aches as they grew up and found each other.
The story has been written with such a great understanding of how suicide not only affects the people who are closest but much further as it is written from so many outside views.
I found that the chapters through the eyes of Jack very emotional but so very well done. It’s the things in life that we don’t share with loved ones that hurt the most. A hard book to read at times hitting close to home but beautifully written too.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Graye over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision, including the one to write a novel.
Graye wrote The Second Cup as part of an MA Creative Writing practice as research degree at London South Bank University – where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder.
First published in July 2017, The Second Cup was longlisted for the Book Viral 2017 Millennium Book Award and was included in Read Freely’s Top 50 Indie Books 2017.
Graye was diagnosed with ADHD in November 2017… and published an extended edition of The Second Cup in February 2018 so she could diagnose one of her characters with the same condition.