Friday 21 August 2015

The Last Time I Saw You - Eleanor Moran

When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from university has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally really had turned her back, why is her little girl named after Olivia?
As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel their tangled history. But as Sally's secrets start to spill out, Olivia's left asking herself if the past is best kept buried

What did I think?

I enjoyed A Daughter's Secret so much that I checked another of Eleanor Moran’s books out of the library and it did not disappoint. I love Eleanor’s style of writing; it almost reaches out like a piece of string and wraps itself around you so you just have to keep reading in order to unravel the secrets buried within the book.

The analysis of Olivia and Sally’s friendship over the years was great to read. They had more ups and downs than lovers and we later realise that there is a genuine reason for this. Sally seemed very frustrating as a friend, she was either all or nothing and I’m sure many people will recognise their own Sally, the girl who can only be friends with one person at a time.

Sally’s husband, William, seemed like an odd choice for Sally to make. She was clearly the life and soul of any party whereas William was more suited to life at home with pipe and slippers. It was no surprise that Sally, being so intense, looked for thrills elsewhere.

As Livvy helps William through his grief, they inevitably grow closer and I couldn't help but feel that fate had conspired to bring them both into each other’s lives. When two people are meant to be together, the timing can never be wrong (although it might raise a few eyebrows) and it’s clear that, despite their estrangement, Livvy has no intention of letting Sally be forgotten.

A lovely read of friendships, marriage, secrets and new beginnings.

My rating:

Read my review of A Daughter's Secret here

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