This is the fourth novel by Lisa Jewell I have read and obviously I am now a true fan. I love the way she weaves a story and makes you care about characters. They come to life and I found myself invested in the outcomes, good or bad. Didn’t matter if there were a few unlikable characters, I needed to see what would happen. Let’s face it, you have to have a few villainous characters or there wouldn’t be tension.
The house in question here is a lovely place in the Cotswolds, home of the Bird family. Colin and Lorelei Bird have four children. Megan, Bethann, Rory and Rhys. We journey through their lives and the drama unfolds over the years. We meet the children when they are small and by the end of the book they are middle aged.
This book addresses the mental illness of a hoarder and what it does to a family. It was distressing to watch Lorelei at times; I felt such empathy for Megan and Bethann and developed a dislike of Megan’s partner Bill after a bit. Rory was a product of his environment and Rhys….I won’t spoil that part because it’s integral to the way everyone’s lives play out.
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