A big thank you to Nick Alexander for sending me an exclusive preview copy of his new book Let The Light Shine which is released today! Like the sound of it? Well you can win a copy using the form at the end of this review...
Penny and Victoria are sisters, but that is where the similarities end. One is living the London lifestyle while the other is struggling to get by. But their past links them, back to a night no-one talks about but everyone remembers.
But what really happened in the past? Can memories be trusted? And are the events of that terrible Christmas the key to it all?
The last Nick Alexander book I read was The Photographers Wife and I absolutely loved it. So this book had a lot to live up to. In a similar vein it had at it's core a dysfunctional family with a secret revolving around an event from the past. We are given the briefest glimpse of the fateful Christmas drama but then left to work out what actually unfolded during the book. Both sisters were really interesting; Penny with her stoner husband is being worn out trying to keep her family afloat on barely any money while sister Vicky is living the champagne lifestyle in London but yet is addicted to Valium and has serious problems with her son Bertie.
And don't even get me started on their Mother. In fact that is the cleverest bit of the book. How Marge is manipulating the two girls, using them against each other without either realising is fascinating and written with such subtlety that you don't even realise it, until you do.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read with relatable characters and clever storyline. Did it live up to The Photographer's Wife? Very nearly but it didn't quite cast a spell on me in the same way, possibly because there was a certain connection I felt with Barbara in The Photographer's Wife which I didn't feel with the main characters in this new story.
You can enter my competition to win a paperback copy of Let The Light Shine by completing the Rafflecopter form below by 29th October 2016. You can buy the book from Amazon in paperback or kindle edition using the links below:
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