The deeper the water, the darker the secrets. There were so many times I thought about telling you the truth, Eva. What stopped me was always the same thing...
When Eva's husband Jackson tragically drowns, she longs to meet his estranged family. The journey takes her to Jackson's brother's doorstep on a remote Tasmanian island. As strange details about her husband's past begin to emerge, memories of the man she married start slipping through her fingers like sand, as everything she ever knew and loved about him is thrown into question. Now she's no longer sure whether it was Jackson she fell in love with - or someone else entirely...
The truth is, it was all a lie...
©2014 Lucy Clarke (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A terrific summer read" (Richard & Judy Summer Book Club""Essential reading if you have a sister, as Clarke has totally nailed the complexities of that relationship. It's perfectly paced ...oh, you'll want to quit your job and go travelling." (Heat)"You don't have to go on your hols to appreciate this amazing beach read - the captivating story will send you to far-flung, exotic destinations... A gripping, unpredictable page-turner." (Now)"Lucy Clarke's debut novel had me hanging on its every word. It manages to be both an interesting and dramatic story and also beautifully written. I found it extremely thought-provoking... With this absorbing, heartbreaking novel, Lucy Clarke shows she's a writing force to be reckoned with. Bring on novel number two! Faboulous" (The Sun on Sunday)"It's a thrilling and perceptive debut which captures the complex relationship between sisters and loss at its rawest. Trust us, you won't be able to put it down." (Cosmopolitain)"This may be set in sunny places like Bali and Maui but underneath lies the darker story of two sisters...deeply moving" ( Star)"Moving back and forward between past and present, London, Australia and Bali, this is an atmospheric and enjoyable page-turner that makes good use of the exotic settings." (Sunday Mirror)"This beautifully written story of secrets and sisterly bonds is twisty and intriguing - a total page-turner" (Closer)"I thought this book was quite gripping and read it in two days. I think that book clubs would find plenty to discuss on many levels; sibling rivalry, how death can divide or bring together families and the way travel can help to develop a person." (Newbooks magazine)
In my opinion this book doesn't belong in Crime & Thrillers; it's more Romance with a Bit of Mystery. Doubtless the glowing reviews I read were by lovers of the latter.
Sorry to say I found the female narrator's breathy style increased my irritation at having bought a Romance.
I did listen to the end; the pace and structure of the story was satisfying even if the content wasn't.
The final reveal was fairly predictable, as was Emily's decision.
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