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The Thing About Clare Kindle Edition
A dying wish. A devastating secret. Should the truth really stay buried?
The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond, but when their mother, Dorothy, dies seemingly without a will, this relationship is put to the test. As the mourning siblings try to make sense of the situation, one of them is caught with a secret: before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter—and told her to destroy them both.
Of course it was Anna their mother turned to for this mission. Miriam, the eldest, is far too sensible; Sebastian, the baby, too sensitive; and Clare, the middle child, has always been too rebellious to rely on, and long ago cut herself out of her siblings’ lives.
But what Anna finds in the documents could change everything. Do the other siblings not deserve to know what it is about them that their mother was so desperate to hide? And if it is revealed, will the Bliss family ever be the same again?
A Cosmopolitan Best Book of the Month
”A quiet, finely observed portrait of sibling rivalries.” —Heat Magazine (4 stars)
“An enthralling tale.” —My Weekly
“A compelling drama to snuggle up with on a warm night.” —Woman’s Weekly
“A great portrait of family life and interaction.” —People’s Friend (5 stars)
“I adore Imogen’s writing style—it is warm, familiar, and easily digested.” —Book Club Mumma
“A nostalgic, heartwarming, and emotionally charged read that had me captivated from beginning to the end.” —Book Club Mumma
”A clever family drama.” —Jaffa Reads Too
“A wonderful family drama, with a bit of mystery thrown in.” —Always Need More Books
“A brilliant read with a plot destined to keep readers guessing…” —Bradford Telegraph & Argus
“I really enjoyed this book, and couldn’t put it down.” —Jera’s Jamboree
“Warm and emotionally complex…A family drama that’s hard to disentangle yourself from.” —Nick Alexander, bestselling author of Things We Never Said
About the Author
Imogen Clark lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and children. Her first burning ambition was to be a solicitor and so she read Law at Manchester University and then worked for many years at a commercial law firm. After leaving her legal career behind to care for her children, Imogen turned to her second love—books. She returned to university, studying part-time whilst the children were at school, and was awarded a BA in English Literature with First Class Honours. Imogen loves sunshine and travel and longs to live by the sea someday.
- ASIN : B07CKRG8TN
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 Dec. 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 2759 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,418 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's a great family story and covers the years I was a kid as well so brought back a lot of memories and I remember well the Silver Jubilee, too. Her characters are great and very true-to-life, especially the language used in those times. I so liked it. I loved the image too of Sebastian flicking Anna's eyelashes......Clare was definitely the black sheep of the family though I liked her as a kid as she was the spirited one of them all.
However, silly mistakes did cost it.....writing back instead of bag and though and not through.....then Dorothy is reading off a list of who is attending Anna's birthday party at one point and mentions a Melissa.....now, whoever she is I've no idea as she wasn't referred to before or past that point so I really don't believe she merited a mention at all. This sentence "Understanding certainly" needs a comma to make sense as well. If not for throwing in that mention of a Melissa I would probably have overlooked the other nitpicky mistakes but that was just wrong for me.
How disappointed am I! While her first novel was a triumph, beautifully and engagingly written, with wonderful character betrayals, this second novel honestly feels like it’s been written by a different author, more in the light holiday novella style, and I am struggling to keep reading. The language is very basic and seems like it’s aimed at younger readers, there is no literary style to it, and the characters are not in any way lifelike or endearing.
Mostly it is boring! Endless details of daily life, dialogue, dialogue, dialogue! I wonder if the author churned it out too fast, basking in the success of the first novel - which was truly great – please take the time to continue in your earlier style, and not pad out the book with trivial details just to get more pages.
Thankfully I got this through my Amazon First; I would have been a bit fed up if I had paid for it.