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- Print Length: 246 pages
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (July 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0743LZ4XV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Regards the characters, as others have mentioned there are a stack of point-of-view characters and initially it’s easy to be a little hazy over who is who. Certainly after a while, we come to know each of them and their foibles in an intimate fashion, ranging from their trials and tribulations of the present hour, to things that happened in their childhoods to set them on their respective paths — and this latter not in a played-out overblown Freudian fashion, but in each case just small nudges here and there that shaped the development and personality to come.
The quality of the writing itself is great, and if I have any criticism at all, then it is that the tone from each of the characters’ perspectives is quite similar; this is part of what makes it initially difficult to keep them separate.
In terms of research, I do tend to notice when something is not as described, and in this case the greatest hitch I could note is that a character “files for divorce” in a prompt and unilateral fashion; in the UK one doesn’t file for divorce, one petitions, and the Government has a very narrow view of what constitutes acceptable reasons, and in the situation in the book, it’s clear that no such reason could apply at that juncture. I suppose this could be justified if we imagine that she simply filled in the petition form incorrectly and sent it to the appropriate court, imagining this to constitute “filing”. In any case, it is a truly minor issue, and if anything, my referencing it as the greatest research failure I could find highlights the quality of the rest of the book in that regard.
All in all, a well-written and highly recommendable story thoughtfully woven around a grim topic.
Faye goes on a trip to find Ethan, Jack’s best friend, and her friend as well. Abbie questions her life choices, her husband and deals with a mini-crisis of her own. Olivia is wracked with grief and wonders what will happen next. Beth, it seems, is hit the hardest. She just wants to escape the pain so she takes a pill and winds up in the hospital. Each woman has to come to grips with what happened to Jack and either embrace life or walk away.
The Second Cup is an emotive portrait into depression, suicide and the utter despair loved ones feel after someone commits suicide. Six friends, each dealing with their own circumstances at a crossroad, trying to figure out which way to go. Four choose life, one death and one is undecided. A clear message of clinging to what’s important underlies the grief and sadness of losing someone.
There are five POV’s which was confusing at the beginning but I understood why Graye choose multiple views. It brings us right in and as the reader, it’s what’s needed to connect with the five friends. The last chapter is Jack’s and while I’m still a little confused about why it’s in the book, it sheds some light on what led to Jack’s suicide.
Brilliantly written, Graye takes an intense situation and instead of shying away from it, she strips away the bandage so we can see the raw, oozing wound. Depression is in every corner of the world and suicide rates are rising. This book sheds light on why we need to help those suffering from it in any way we can.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it.
“There also seemed to be a calmness between her and the others that hadn’t been there before. Life was like one of Matt’s games and she’d made it to the next level: to adulthood.”
My Rating: 4 stars
Faye has never completely forgotten about her University sweetheart Jack and has decided too much time has passed since they were last in contact. But when she tracks him down she is heartbroken and shocked to learn that Jack has killed himself. Discussing it with her other old friends leads each of the other characters on their own journeys as they try to comprehend what has happened - Abbie begins to question her marriage, Faye is determined to find Jack's best friend Ethan, Olivia doesn't know what to think anymore, and Beth takes Jack's death the hardest of all.
This novel is raw and tough to read at times as every character's emotions come to the surface and you cannot help but feel their pain and despair. The story is told from different character's points of view, which although a little confusing at the beginning, soon flowed really well and let you get to know everyone on a much deeper level.
THE SECOND CUP by Sarah Marie Gray delves into what it is like for those that are left behind when someone takes their own life and in my opinion handles it deftly and carefully, and this is a story that will make you feel and value those you love more than anything else. This novel is a solid and powerful debut and I will certainly read more from Sarah Marie Gray.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the blog tour organiser