The Photographer's Wife by Nick Alexander follows the life of Barbara, a child of The Blitz and the wife of one of Britain's most famous photographers. Barbara's life story is juxtaposed with the present day struggles of her Daughter, Sophie, a photographer herself who is trying to propel her own career by organising a retrospective of her Father's work.
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.
I have read a few Nick Alexander books and whilst I have enjoyed them all this is by far my favourite.
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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