This was a gripping read, so damn unexpected that I couldn't put the book down. One more chapter had me reading the book from midnight till 3am.
The story was about families and the problems that life brings with it. It told the story about the life of Kate and Peter neighbors who had known each other since forever. But the families had a past, a friendship turned sour where one night changed it all.
My first book by Mary Beth Keane, the story was an explosion of flavors. I thought it would be a good emotional read, but it turned out to be a thriller which caught me in its grips and did not let me go till I finished the book. The author had a terrific way of writing, a rare sensitivity to merge the past to the present.
The story spanned decades, repercussions of one incident seen later when Kate and Peter wanted to marry. Characters were well etched, each made an impact. There were hidden depths to them that I couldn't begin to fathom. Forgiveness was the theme behind the story and emotions seeped out of the pages. Made me think quite a bit.
A slow read in some parts, but that could be due to my inherent love for thrillers. A poignant read, where compassion and humanity shines through. Absolutely enjoyable!!
I love books where an incident is described by different perspectives according to the personality and age of the characters. The way the author delves into the minds of her characters and gives a clear narrative is worthy of reading. For me reading is a personal experience and the various emotions one goes through cannot be described. Some books leave a mark and this one is exactly that kind.