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The mysterious character of Fay I kept wanting to hear more from - a sequel? This middle aged 'friend of' the college had a backstory barely revealed in the final part of the novel.
I fully expect to by lots more copies to give to my friends and college contemporaries (not just those I sang with in the choir) - and for younger adult readers, the message is more complex than Carpe Diem - to seize the day. We change and evolve as we grow.
A delightful summer read that has more depth than you expect drawing out real human emotion!
First of all, I am so excited to be kicking off the blog tour for this compelling and unique tale about friendship and how the effects of our decisions can ripple through our lives for years to come.
Five completely different people from completely different backgrounds forge a strong friendship in Cambridge through the power of music and spend three years in their intellectual and spiritual world, closer than ever. But when they take a summer trip with their mentor Fay, it changes everything for each one of them, some more drastically than others. And their camaraderie and connection disappear on the wind.
Twenty years later and they are summoned back to that destination for a mysterious reason. As these strangers converge together in the place that changed them so drastically, will they finally find the answers that they have been searching for? Or by confronting each other again will it cause them to really look at the path that their own lives have taken in the aftermath of their actions all those years ago?
EVERY SECRET THING by Rachel Crowther is such a clever, beautifully descriptive story about the complexities of relationships, and how a simple choice can change the course of your life in ways that are unimaginable. The characters are all unique, quirky, and compelling in their own ways, and the pace of the story was perfect as the story jumped from past to present effortlessly. The setting comes alive with breathtaking clarity, and I read this story in one sitting as I wanted a resolution for this magnetic group of people. The ending did leave me a little unsettled as I wanted to know more but that is also a sign of a great book too! EVERY SECRET THING by Rachel Crowther is a gripping read and I highly recommend it!
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Bookollective.com
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.
The story follows six separate people with Cambridge University in common - singing in particular. We get to know them, collectively and individually, 'then' and 'now' with a twenty year gap in between. None of the basic story is familiar to me, but I was enthralled with the lives of these very clever and ambitious students. So different - and yet so similar at times. There are more than a few revelations hidden in this tale - and yet, they're not really so surprising as they all slot in so well.
I have loved reading this one .. it has completely absorbed me, revealing itself bit by bit and all in a timely fashion. Never boring, always plenty to consider and each individual thread well finished off at the final page. If you enjoy a really good saga, then this is one I heartily recommend.
I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.