Good afternoon guys, today I’m taking part in the @bookollective book tour for Every Secret Thing by Rachel Crowther.
Can you ever bury the past?
She’d recognised in him something of herself: that sense of not belonging, of secrets fiercely kept . . .
Five friends, newly graduated, travel together to the Lake District. Young and ambitious, they little imagine the events that will overtake them that fateful summer, tearing their fragile group apart.
Twenty years later, they return to the same spot, summoned by a mysterious bequest. It’s not long before old friendships – and old romances – are re-kindled. But soon, too, rivalries begin to re-emerge and wounds are painfully reopened . . .
How long does it take for past sins to be forgiven? And can the things they destroy ever really be recovered?
First off, I’d like to make a comment about the cover. Oh come on, surely you’d know that I’d mention it? Being a lover of pretty covers and all. This cover is very pretty, I love the design and I love the fact that it looks like a painting, something straight off an easel.
Now being a lover of the Lakes and also living close to Cambridge, this book was right up my street. I enjoyed the descriptive sections of both Cambridge and the Lake District, in all seasons. It made you feel like you were there, walking along those streets or up those hills.
The story is broken up into different times and different people, and to begin with (something which I always find) I had to try and remind myself who I was reading and when. Things come to light throughout the book and slowly, slowly pieces of the puzzle are added, leaving a bit of a shocker to us AND the characters themselves.
All the characters are all different, but I’m sure some readers may find themselves thinking that these characters are a bit like their friends or themselves, it’s that kind of book.
The Every Secret Thing tour runs until the 13th of July, so be sure to follow #everysecretthing on Twitter!