This book did not fit into any of my challenge criteria.
In her unmissable debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost and failing to realise the beauty of what we already have.
‘We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It’s still grass. Just a different patch of it, that’s all.’
The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up.
When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it.
Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all.
But then Kate meets Callum again.
And they are faced with a choice: to walk away from each other . . . or to risk finding out what might have been.
Second chances are a rare gift in life. But that doesn’t mean they should always be taken . . .
What I liked:
Ruth’s background as a screenwriter really shines through here. The descriptions throughout this book are fully thought out and fantastically portrayed. I felt as if I were sitting in Kate and Matt’s kitchen watching them discuss their evening over a glass of wine.
What I didn’t like:
I didn’t enjoy the characters in this book at all. I especially didn’t warm to Kate, who I found to be really annoying, weak-willed, manipulative, and impulsive.
Of course, there’s a cheating narrative throughout the book. It’s a turn off for quite a lot of readers, myself included. I did of course try to overlook it, but the actions of the characters involved were pretty abhorrent in this case. I couldn’t condone it at all.
For a book about an affair, it’s not hard to imagine there are quite a few sex scenes in this book. But, they’re written rather clumsily and aren’t entirely inspiring.
The writing is a little clunky, at times there are huge unexplained jumps in scenes, and arguments that go from “don’t touch me” to “get on top of me” faster than you can take your socks off.
Out of five:
It’s a two from me I’m afraid. I had been so looking forward to this but the characters really let it down for me.