The Secrets of Primrose Square - Claudia Carroll
Reading Challenge Category: Need to read this book before reading the second in the series that I have requested from NetGalley
So many stories hidden behind closed doors . . . It's late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches . . . In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her. A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever. And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don't quite add up . . . Welcome to Primrose Square.
I was a bit unsure about reading another Claudia Carroll book after I was so disappointed with ‘Our Little Secret’, but when ‘The Women of Primrose Square’ became available on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist. This, of course, meant I needed to read book one, ‘The Secrets of Primrose Square’ first.
I’m glad I gave her another chance as this was really enjoyable. There indeed are lots of secrets in this book, and the chapters keep you hanging at the end of each one. The book alternates between Jayne, the lovely old lady who will help anyone out. Susan, the bereaved mother. Melissa, Susan’s daughter and Nancy, the assistant theatre director from London. So when one chapter ends on say Nancy, and it leaves it with a mini-cliffhanger, you have to wait for a few chapters of the other characters before you find out what was happening. This really helps propel the book forward, as you are dying to get back to one of the characters to find out what happened.
The secrets, overall, aren’t earth-shattering just normal domestic things but still heartbreaking. This had been my main concern as with ‘Our Little Secret’ the big reveal had been rather anti-climatic. I was hoping the whole way through this book that it wouldn’t be the same. I needn’t have worried. The reveals are slow but in a more drip-feeding sort of way. They don’t come out of nowhere and whack you around the head, but instead, you have the story pieced together slowly. This works very well in this story.
Overall, this was a delightful and entertaining book. It was easy to read and pleasant to discover all of these new characters. I really hope some of them pop up in ‘The Women of Primrose Square’ where it will be following all-new characters and new storylines.