But as Sophie uncovers dusty images from the attic she slowly unravels family secrets, hidden by denial, fear and time to reveal a very different portrait of her family.
The story is set up brilliantly with excellent historical detail, really building a picture of Barbara's childhood which has so much baring on the decisions she makes as an adult. The underlying confusion Sophie feels is expressed perfectly, and whilst I can't say I particularly liked her much, I felt I understood her and where she was coming from. The storyline is layered, peeling away as Sophie moves closer to the exhibition day, teasing you with suspicions until finally the secrets pushed to the farthest reaches of memory are laid bare.
I was left feeling thoroughly satisfied, a very rare emotional when reading a book these days as so often great books are let down by weak endings. But this was an exception. A fantastic read from start to finish. I highly recommend and at the bargain price of £1.99 for the Kindle edition it is simply a must read.
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