Monday 10 August 2015

My Sister's Secret - Tracy Buchanan

Everything you've built your life on is a lie
Willow’s memories of her parents are sun-drenched and full of smiles, love and laughter. But a mysterious invitation to a photographic exhibition exposes a secret that’s been buried since a tragic accident years ago.
Willow is forced to question everything she knew about Charity, her late mother, and Hope, the aunt she’s lived with since she was a child.
How was the enigmatic photographer connected to Willow’s parents? Why will Hope not break her silence?
Willow cannot move forward in her life without answers. But who can she really trust? Because no one has been telling the truth for a very long time.

What did I think?

This is the story of three sisters: Faith, Hope and Charity.  They have a very close relationship and spend their days on the beach, dreaming about finding hidden submerged forests.  It's also the story of Charity's daughter, Willow, who has inherited her mother's compulsion to dive and as a memorial to her parents sets out to visit the submerged forests on a map she finds in her Mum's belongings.  The mysterious photographer, Niall Lane, seems to be visiting the same forests whilst exhibiting his Charity collection and it's only a matter of time before Willow bumps into him and uncovers some family secrets. 

I loved the gradual unfurling of the family secrets as Willow peels back layer after layer and uncovers secrets even her Aunt Hope knew nothing about.  It's quite a sad story of childhood sweethearts who were really meant to be together but for unfortunate circumstances and underhand manipulation.  

It's definitely a mark of a good book when it has me tapping into google at the end of it.  There are some really stunning images of submerged forests, something that I never even knew existed until reading this book.  Tracy Buchanan describes them so wonderfully that I couldn't wait to find out more. 

This really is a brilliant story with lots of twists and turns that had me hooked right from the start.  I will most definitely be adding Tracy's earlier novel, The Atlas of Us, to my must read pile.

I received this e-book from the publisher, Avon, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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