This is an utterly charming domestic thriller, which follows the lives of one family albeit from the view of two different woman at two different times.
Both threads were equally engaging and I liked the feeling almost of a trainer being laced up as the two stories began to converge.
Poppy Page is our main lead – she feels that she is unnoticed by her husband in a semi loveless marriage. Nothing overtly wrong, just no passion. They live with his mother and their two daughters – the picture of domestic harmony. He is a successful dentist. She is a successful acting agent. Why would you rock the boat?
Bumping into an old flame – her first love – reignites old feelings and Poppy suddenly resents her steady and reliable husband and hankers after passion.
We’ve all read enough books to know how that will pan out, right?
Betty, Stuart’s mum, is the second narrator and her voice describes the early days of her life and marriage in a different era and describes another whole loveless marriage and brief dalliance with tragic circumstances.
As so many other reviews have said, this book is classic Corry, it is a slow and winding burn that suddenly gathers paces and races towards whallop of a finish.
Blurb: In Poppy Page’s mind, there are two types of women in this world: those who are faithful to their husbands, and those who are not. Until now, Poppy has never questioned which she was.
But when handsome, charming Matthew Gordon walks back into her life after almost two decades, that changes. Poppy makes a single mistake – and that mistake will be far more dangerous than she could imagine.
Someone is going to pay for it with their life…