The Shadow Between Us - Carol Mason
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
What is it about the coast that attracts people running from their past? Maybe there’s something in a sea breeze that blows away your problems. Maybe when you look out at the ocean you can see the future; forget the secrets and pain holding you back. Or at least you can forget them for a time. When Olivia moves to Port Townsend, her marriage is floundering, and her life is in pieces. She doesn’t know if things with her husband Mark are truly over, or quite why the phone call she longs for on her daughter’s birthday will never come. Joining a letter-writing club seems like a harmless decision. But when she meets Ned, an ex-soldier badly wounded in Afghanistan, this unlooked-for friendship revives unexpected emotions and memories she’d rather forget. Can Olivia find the courage to confront what she’s hiding from and finally begin to heal the wounds that have torn her life apart? From the bestselling author of After You Left comes a story about finding hope in second chances.
I received an advanced copy from the author via NetGalley for an honest review of this book. This is a melancholy and sorrowful story. It is very slow-paced, but it is building the story up, allowing you to get to know the main character who is suffering from heartbreak and is keeping a secret that has rocked her world. All of the characters are going through something in their personal lives, and you can really feel the sadness and camaraderie through the writing. I wasn’t sure where this book was leading or what Olivia had suffered through, I had initially thought it was just problems with her husband, but the end of the book really took me by surprise. I really didn’t see it coming. The ending really shook me; it was really moving. I loved that there was an emphasis on books, reading and writing. This made it feel quite homely. The only reason I am giving this four stars instead of five is that I found it quite hard to get gripped by the story at the beginning as it was really slow going but once you get to know the characters this changed.
- The Shadow Between Us
- Date Started
- 29th January 2019
- Date Finished
- 31st January 2019
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