Books that leave your thoughts in a whirlpool; your head reeling from beautifully written sentences and your whole body in a vertiginous state are the best kind of books. Those books that leave you thinking about the plot; the characters and possible endings, or purely the sheer brilliance of it all are undoubtedly the best kind of books.
These kind of books are often or not the result of a brilliant plot. A plot that throughout, leaves you wanting to turn the page; full to the brim with an abundance of unexpected twists and turns that take your breath away. I for one, know that this is one of those books. One of those books that has a little of everything; yet nonetheless manages to portray important messages in a compelling manner.
I think the title, albeit a little 'cringey', suggests the mysterious, page-turning qualities of this book. The novel is based around a letter. Or to be more precise, a secret hidden within a 28 year old letter. A letter that confesses to a mistake, which, if revealed could lead to the hearts of many, and the ultimately the lives of many, being destroyed through pure hatred, guilt, love and betrayal. It's a hefty mix of all of those serious topics yet with a day-to-day spin on things.
This letter is discovered in an old envelope in the attic by mother of three and wife of John Paul, Cecelia. Written by her husband on the front, it says: "For my Wife, Cecelia Fitzpatrick. To be opened only in the event of my death" Compelling stuff, huh?
But unknown to Cecelia, the letter contains John-Paul's deepest, darkest secret—a secret that has the potential to destroy not just their own family life, but the lives of others as well. The story not only follows Cecelias own anguish and grasping of life, but also the lives of two other women; Rachel and Tess. All three women barely know each other—but unknwoing they all experience the earth-shattering repercussions of the secret.
This book was brilliant; it kept me up reading into the early hours of the morning (Mum, Dad, if you read this please don't be mad) as it was quite literally, 'unputadownable'. Overall, a highly addictive, yet thought provoking, emotional and undoubtedly compelling novel that focuses on the lives of many, all interwoven in a complex but believable plot.