I’ve waited over a week to review this book as the story has lingered on long beyond the final page. The characters became so real, I just didn’t want to say goodbye to them. I find this is the case for all of Lesley Hayes’ books and I’m often left thinking of her characters as old friends. I loved how the chapters alternated between the two different storylines and also flitted between memories and present day. The ending of each chapter left me intrigued and eager to find out more but then I’d soon become immersed in the other character’s story. This style gives the reader time to reflect on one storyline while the other is slowly revealed. The suspense builds as the delicate threads are woven together bringing the characters and plot to a satisfying conclusion.
This book is equally character and plot driven. I would have enjoyed the story alone but the complex characters made this an exemplary read for me. I didn’t always like the characters reactions to events but they were real in their imperfections and always believable. The underlying themes of love, trust and betrayal were a perfect platform to draw out emotions and I was deeply affected by David and Mira’s childhood experiences. The supporting characters in each storyline were painted just as vividly as the main characters and it’s this attention to detail that sets this author above others in the same genre.
Finally there’s the writing itself, each beautiful sentence flows with elegance and grace. This is not a book to rush through, it deserves to be lingered over and savoured like a fine wine and expensive chocolates; a little luxury escape from the real world. It was a pleasure to read and is thoroughly deserving of five sparkling stars.
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