Sunday, 12 March 2017

Advance review of 'A Life Between Us' by Louise Walters.

Review of 'A Life Between Us' - Louise Walters

I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read this novel through NetGallery. I am a fan of Louise's writing and very much enjoyed her first novel 'Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase.'

The day was set, in her mind, if not in her heart. She knew what happened. For many years she had re-lived it, frequently, slotting things into place, arranging them to her satisfaction. But had she got it wrong?’

Tina Thornton’s twin sister Meg died in a childhood accident, but for almost forty years Tina has secretly blamed herself for her sister’s death. During a visit to her aging Uncle Edward and his sister Lucia, who both harbour dark secrets of their own, Tina makes a discovery that forces her to finally question her memories of the day her sister died.
Who, if anyone, did kill Meg? As Tina finds the courage to face the past, she unravels the tangled family mysteries of her estranged parents, her beautiful French Aunt Simone, the fading, compassionate Uncle Edward, and above all, the cold, bitter Aunt Lucia, whose spectral presence casts a long shadow over them all.

I really, really enjoyed reading this intelligent book. There are not many novels that keep me up all hours desperate to find out what was happening next! I loved the slow progression over the years as we watch complicated Tina, and the other intriguing characters, grow up from childhood. 
Using letters written by Tina to her distant relative was a lovely way of doing these flashbacks to the past. Although there are many different threads to the story, they are interwoven together cleverly and it does not complicate the story, rather to complement the novel. 
The mystery surrounding Tina's twin sister's death had me eager to find out what had happened, and kept the pages turning. The twin plays a central part to the story, as she is still a major part in Tina's life. Twists and turns lead us towards a satisfying ending of this beautifully told story. A story of mystery, loss, family secrets, and guilt. Fantastic. 

I look forward to the author’s next novel!

This book will be released 28th March. Buy this book on pre-order now on amazon:

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