What if your whole life was based on a lie? When Lydia makes a decision as a teenager it’s one that will change her life forever, from that point on the effect it has on her life will live with her and her parents forever. Now a married Lydia is dealing with her own 2 teenage children, as they come of age they’re determined to be just like their friends but Lydia is protective of their use of computers and social media.
Lydia’s own mother can never let her forget the decision she mad as a child, but this makes her a great character – With her brusque manner and inability to be PC, she is unable to be proud of the achievements her daughter has made in her life and career as events planner – when everything comes back to “that business”.
When Lydia is confronted with a ghost from the past that she thought she had escaped from it challenges her happy life, becoming frustrated with her husband and children and not being able to explain to them what led her to being the way she is taking it’s toll and when she confesses her secret to a stranger and embarks on an affair it seems that another lie may be in the end of family.
On top of everything teenage son Jamie starts a new relationship and it seems that he is about to make the same mistakes his mum made all those years ago
I was gripped from the beginning of this book and loved the comparisons between the present day and Lydia’s experience – it was good to experience Lydia’s point of view throughout the novel and you can’t help but be caught up in her frustrations.
A gripping family drama about facing up to mistakes, learning from them and in time preventing them being repeated.
It’s one of those books that you want to keep returning to, to find out how it ends! I’m looking forward to more from this author.