The book is about a young woman whose husband dies in a car crash. As can be expected she's devastated and from the first few pages you are thrust into her turmoil of loss. All too often in stories like this there is a tendency to wallow in the misery. As the story progresses she discovers something unexpected about her husband, a secret he has kept throughout their marriage.
In some ways this could be considered a mundane story - I don't mean that in a derogatory sense. This has a true to life feel that makes me wonder how much is drawn from personal experience. There is an understanding here of grief and the process that follows that feels real, so much so that it's almost a voyeuristic peek in Liz's life than a story in the conventional sense.
I did encounter a minor criticism to the story.It's minor point but I would have liked to have experienced more about the main character's work. She's an artists and seeing more about what she creates would have helped my knowledge of her. That's just a minor gripe though.
As I say this isn't my usual type of read but I did enjoy the time I spent with Liz through her troubled times. It's a quick read and the writing is wonderfully crafted. If you like this type of story then this is one to read. And even if it isn't you should give it a try - variety is the spice of life after all!
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How well do you know the person you married?
As Liz’s world collapses around her, she discovers something she wishes she’d never known.
Piece by piece she starts to rebuild her life with the help of her friends.
But then it looks like her newly-found happiness is about to shatter...
A novella of 26,000 words.