Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Can you ever bury the past?
She’d recognised in him something of herself: that sense of not belonging, of secrets fiercely kept . . .
Five friends, newly graduated, travel together to the Lake District. Young and ambitious, they little imagine the events that will overtake them that fateful summer, tearing their fragile group apart.
Twenty years later, they return to the same spot, summoned by a mysterious bequest. It’s not long before old friendships – and old romances – are re-kindled. But soon, too, rivalries begin to re-emerge and wounds are painfully reopened . . .
How long does it take for past sins to be forgiven? And can the things they destroy ever really be recovered?
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Every Secret Thing.
From reading the blurb then judging by the cover art, I assumed that this would be a fairly light read, more women’s fiction than something with more depth. To my pleasant surprise it actually had a literary feel, it was pretty profound and intelligent.
It’s told in two main timelines, first the summer of 1995 when five friends head to their mentors house in the Lake District and then it switches to 2015. There are several perspectives here as each one of them narrates and it did take me a little bit to have all the characters straight. There are also a few chapters sporadically in the twenty year gap in between that filled in some holes in the characters lives and answered some questions that had been in the back of my mind.
The characterization is very deep, it’s almost like a character study or a dissection of a group of people and how their interactions, both past and present shaped them. The writing style is smart and full of depth and the setting was really brought to life through the authors use of descriptive imagery. The complexity of their interpersonal relationships was really quite interesting and there was a surprising twist that I wasn’t expecting, it was well played. I think this would appeal to women’s fictiona fans looking for a book with a literary bent.
Overall rating: 3/5
Thanks to Bookollective for my review copy.