Eleanor and her mother Marjorie have always had a difficult relationship and although they’ve tried, they have somehow just failed to connect. Now Marjorie has Alzheimer’s, and as her memory fades, her grip on what she has kept hidden begins to loosen.
When she calls her daughter to say, ‘There’s something I have to tell you’, Eleanor hopes this will be the moment she learns the truth about the terrible secret that has cast a shadow over both their lives.
But Marjorie’s memory is failing fast and she can’t recall what she wanted to say. Eleanor knows time is running out, and as she tries to gently uncover the truth before it becomes lost inside her mother’s mind forever, she begins to discover what really happened when she was a child – and why…
Praise from the Good Housekeeping Reader Panel:
“I found the situation in this family, with so much unspoken and almost unsayable, highly recognisable and very moving. At times it was uncomfortable reading, but I was relieved to find the characters able to speak and uncover the huge secret that had caused so much suffering before it was too late. The story demonstrated how the most well-meaning silence in a family, intended to protect, can cause more damage than the truth.”
“Beautiful story of a Mum and daughter finally growing close after years of emotional distancing. Poignant to say the least.”
“A thought provoking and reflective book, echoing my mother’s slow decline into dementia. I loved the references to bygone products which evoked a sensory overload at times. Well written and researched. The main characters were well drawn and elicited sympathy for the dilemmas in which they found themselves.”
“The characters were well thought out, I loved the references to the food and the programmes of the 70’s…I can remember them from my childhood!
An emotional read that draws you in and holds your attention the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look out for books from the same author again.”
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