Family, friendship and tragedy
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.