12 September 2013
Five friends from university meet for a get-together in an idyllic farmhouse in the French Alps. Caught up in a snowstorm and reunited for the first time in nearly twenty years, the dynamics of the group are about to be tested to their absolute limit of endurance. It is obvious that their friendship has survived heartbreak and tragedy; however, there are still unresolved issues from the past which must be faced before any of them can find resolution. Older, and maybe a little wiser, the group of friends realise that they all have unanswered questions about what really happened during a catastrophic event over two decades ago.
The book is divided into three parts, which covers the reunion, the events of the past and the promise of the future. The story flows really well, there is fine attention to detail and such good imagery, I began to imagine I was in the old farmhouse with the snow swirling around outside the window. In many ways this is an emotional story but the revelations of the past and the unburdening of deep feelings makes for fascinating reading. It would appear that this is a change of direction for the author, and I feel that she has done a commendable job in creating an interesting examination of the minutiae of friendship, and uncovers, not just the way close relationships change and evolve over time, but also the effect that the past can have on future happiness.
I really enjoyed this and think it would appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes,Lisa Jewell and Hannah Richell.
Thanks to Newbooks for my advance copy for review.