Fam­ily, friend­ship and tragedy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Foodanddrink - The Se­cret Kathryn Hughes Head­line £7.99

LAST year The Let­ter was a best­seller. Now Kathryn Hughes re­turns with another re­mark­able story that’ll have you gripped.

Partly set in the mid ‘ 70s and t oday, Hughes moves s eam­lessly back and forth as she re­veals atale of fam­ily, friend­ship, tragedy and se­crets. Beth and Michael’s fiveyear-old young son, Jake, des­per­ate­lyneed­sakid­ney trans­plant. Un­for­tu­nately, they are not a matchandthere­are no other fam­ily mem­ber­sto­vol­un­teer. Beth’s moth­erdiedrecently with­out re­veal­ing the iden­tity of her fa­ther, while Michael’s fa­ther died in an ac­ci­dent years be­fore and he’s es­tranged from hisal­co­holic­mother. WhenBeth goes to clear out her mother’s pos­ses­sions, she finds a let­ter which shakes her to the core. De­ter­mined to find out the truth in the hope it might save their son, Beth and Michael be­gin to in­ves­ti­gate – and it takes them back to a tragic sum­mer’s day in 1976. But, just how is Michael’s ‘aunt’ Daisy in­volved in and why all the se­crets for so many years? A mov­ing, emo­tional tale which will bring tears to your eyes and al­soas­mile, this is aper­fect Sun­day af­ter­noon read. Loved every bit of it! Re­view by Lisa Hyl­ton What se­cret did Beth’s mother take to the grave? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Se­cret com­pe­ti­tion, bySeptem­ber22.

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