quarter past

Synopsis:

It was the day when everything stopped…



At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day?

The stunning first adult novel from the distinguished Costa Award winner.

Lazy days, summer heat, memories of childhood, teenage years, past cultures; Linda Newbery can take you on a journey to your own past without interfering with the novel. I love the way I was able to bring my own memories of being in the garden on hot summer days. To me there is no plot in this book to distract it is a continuous flow of time moving, of memories and events being exposed wrapped up in the tangled emotions of the characters. It is a memory quilt of missing pieces that are gradually uncovered and sewn in place.

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What I liked about this book

Lazy days, summer heat, memories of childhood, teenage years, past cultures; Linda Newbery can take you on a journey to your own past without interfering with the novel. I love the way I was able to bring my own memories of being in the garden on hot summer days. To me there is no plot in this book to distract it is a continuous flow of time moving, of memories and events being exposed wrapped up in the tangled emotions of the characters. It is a memory quilt of missing pieces that are gradually uncovered and sewn in place.This is not a crime thriller, it is about the uncertainty of ‘being’ in those left behind when someone goes missing, spreading life a fungus throughout the lives of others close to them. The narrative exposes the understanding of the readers own past showing the complexity of every life, some hidden and some in full view.

The characters are offered so sensitively in raw detail, I felt I almost knew them. When the story looks back with Sandra their Mother, it was the same era I was growing up and the time was described perfectly adding to my belief in the characters.

It is a story told so beautifully and tragically that comes full circle. I love the ending that Newbery has given the story, not brutal and not final leaving the reader with a sense of hope.

There is nothing I dislike about this book.

I was sent this book by the Publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.  My thanks to the Publisher for this book.

ISBN: 9780857522498
Price: £14.99
Edition: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House UK,

Kindle edition: 17th July 2014 -Transworld Publishers

Date Published:  Hardback 14th August 2014    – Pre- order your copy now you won’t regret it.

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