Monday, 21 March 2016

What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile

Description - I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green post box and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.
 

Publication Date ~ 3rd March 2016
Published by ~ Quercus

My thoughts - Imagine growing up not knowing who you really are, having a memory and not knowing if it's real or not. This is the life of Louise, the main character in What She Never Told Me.
I  liked Louise, she was a realistic character and believable. Louise is taken on quite a rollercoaster ride through out this story and I couldn't help but feel for her as I too as the reader joined the rollercoaster.

Sue McQuaile has written an exceptionally good story, packed with twists, many secrets and  with such wonderful detail this is a book I just didn't want to put down. It kept me gripped from page to page and although I had an inkling of where the story was going I was still captivated and couldn't wait to see how it ended.

This was a heart breaking but thoroughly enjoyable debut novel and I'm so looking forward to reading more from this author.
Thanks to Quercus and Netgalley for supplying this copy in exchange for an honest review.