Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.
Curious, she opens it – and time stops.
John-Paul’s letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.
Cecilia – betrayed, angry and distraught – wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .
“To err is human; to forgive divine.”
The prologue sets the book up well; Pandora’s box – to open or not to open? That’s the dilemma facing Cecilia, instantly I was thinking oh just open it but it’s a couple of chapters before we get to know the secret and I loved that it wasn’t what I expected and gave me a sharp intake of breath when revealed!
There’s a lot of characters to get your head round at the start and I did wonder how are they all going to fit in together but after a few chapters you see how they all start to fit. For me, it had that feeling of the film Crash – where several people seem to be leading totally independent lives but then all end up becoming intertwined.
The secret does raise the question what would you do in this situation? Could YOU divulge? I honestly don’t know what I would have done – I do love books like this, that make you think how it would affect you.
Set over a period of a week running up to Easter the book has a dual time line set in the present and 1984. As I’ve said in other reviews I like books with a dual time line, I think it really adds something and this book is no different. We get a much better view into what really happened but broken down into snippets so just enough is revealed to keep the reader hanging and wanting to read on.
I liked the alternative endings in the epilogue, it made for an interesting twist and shows that we never really know what’s going to happen if we’d just taken a different path or made a different decision.
This was a new author for me and one that I’d read upon a recommendation from a friend but is definitely one I’d like to read more of. In a nutshell, this is about secrets and lies and how they affect us; those around us and the consequences they harvest. I really enjoyed this and would recommend to fans of Jodi Picoult and Dorothy Koomson.
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