ABOUT THE BOOK
From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.
But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.
As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London – and the stories it hides – for a rural escape to her parents’ farmhouse in the Chilterns.
But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home. With her parents growing older disgracefully, she can hardly keep up with their social life – especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.
Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she’s been keeping from herself and those she loves.
Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed .
To the outside world, Lucy had an enviable life. Her husband Michael, a part-time theatre critic, while Lucy is a relatively successful author of a long-running cosy mystery series. They have been married for 28 years and have two grown-up children.
Life is very different on the other side of the door, where Michael is controlling and manipulating. He knows how to mentally beat her up and crush her, while there are no scars for anyone to see. When a tragic event takes place, it gives Lucy a chance to take a new direction. But now she is hiding an even bigger secret.
This book was like Lucy, as it held so many secrets, stories and emotions that made me gasp. I raged and laughed at times as I touched base with parts of this story and nodded along with fully understanding. Some incredible characters hang on to memories of their pasts while making many more of them while they can. I envied Lucy for having parents while at the same time wanting to become like them in a few years.
The story dips back to her life and events that took place at home, which made me sit back and sort of shudder a little on both counts. I liked the subtle changes that were taking place in Lucy, as she is such a likeable character but at times out of her depth and in a tailspin where I felt she would mentally crash and burn.
I really can’t recommend this book enough, it feels like living in the fast lane with so much going off and made me realise that sometimes you need to slow it down and enjoy it. I Loved the ending. Superb!
I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Alliott has written fifteen bestselling novels and is translated into eighteen languages. She has sold over 3 million books worldwide. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire, UK.