by Graham Norton
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Pub Date 19 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 14 Nov 2023
“Wonderful. . . . Dark, funny, full of emotional intelligence and gripping from the start . . . beautifully written.”—Daily Mail
The internationally bestselling author and host of The Graham Norton Show returns with a tense and darkly comic novel that casts a caustic light on the relationship between mothers and daughters and truth and self-preservation.
Where do secrets live?
Carol is a divorced teacher living in a small town in Ireland, her only son now grown. A second chance at love brings her unexpected connection and belonging—and sparks a flurry of speculation. What does a woman like her see in a man like that? What happened to his wife who abandoned him and his children all those years ago? Carol and Declan know their relationship is the talk of the town, but the gossip only serves to bring the couple closer.
When Declan becomes ill, their relationship falters. His children are untrusting and cruel, and Carol is forced to leave their beloved home, with its worn oak floors and elegant features, and move back with her parents.
Carol’s mother is determined to get to the bottom of things—she won't see her daughter suffer this way. It seems there are secrets in Declan's past, strange rumors that were never confronted, and suddenly the house they shared takes on a more sinister significance that affects them all.
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Average rating from 41 members
I’m always a bit skeptical about celebrity novels, but this was a thoroughly entertaining and heart- felt novel imbued with good humor and keen social observations. I also usually shy clear of audiobooks read by the author, but Norton is a terrific narrator. Unputodownable.
Recommended for all fiction readers.
This was another win from Graham Norton. It was a delightful family drama, with a twist I didn’t see coming! I loved the main character’s mother, Moira, and some of the side characters were entertaining as well. I would have liked a bit more explanation about Sally’s memories of her youth. But all in all, this was captivating, and I couldn’t put it down. Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read it in advance.