Something To Tell You - Lucy Diamond
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
When Frankie stumbles upon an unopened letter from her late mother, she’s delighted to have one last message from her . . . until she reads the contents and discovers the truth about her birth. Brimming with questions, she travels to York to seek further answers from the Mortimer family, but her appearance sends shockwaves through them all. Meanwhile, Robyn Mortimer has problems of her own. Her husband John has become distant, and a chance remark from a friend leads Robyn to wonder exactly what he’s not been saying. Dare she find out more? As for Bunny, she fell head over heels in love with Dave Mortimer when she first arrived in town, but now it seems her past is catching up with her. She can’t help wondering if he’ll still feel the same way about her if he discovers who she really is – and what she did. As secrets tumble out and loyalties are tested, the Mortimers have to face up to some difficult decisions. With love, betrayal and dramatic revelations in the mix, this is one summer they’ll never forget.
I found this quite hard to get into, to begin with. It was especially difficult to keep track of all the different characters, in particular, for me, I kept mixing up Robyn and Paula. Every time a chapter started with one of them, I’d have to think “ok who are they again, ah ok that’s the sister”. I don’t think I ever got to grip with all the men’s names, but that’s probably because the book is written from the women’s perspective and never the men’s, so you don’t get as ‘attached’ to them. The book did pick up a little in the middle, with a few hooks to keep you reading. Such as the secrets John is keeping from Robyn, and Bunny’s story was interesting as well. Some of the stories fell a little flat, though, and I found myself a bit bored. I don’t usually like books to just end abruptly. I like a bit of a peter out, but this book didn’t feel like it was ever going to finish. You knew it had to wrap up all the little stories and it felt really dragged out at the end. So I’m afraid this book wasn’t for me, don’t get me wrong, it did have a few fun moments, and the middle was definitely the best, but it wasn’t the usual easy-going read that I would expect from Lucy Diamond.