Thursday, 18 June 2015

You, Me & People by Fionnuala Kearney

You, Me & Other People
By Fionnuala Kearney
Published by Harper Collins UK (18 June 2015)
ISBN: 978-0007593989

Publisher's description
They say every family has skeletons in their closet…

But what happens when you open the door and they won't stop tumbling out?

For Adam and Beth, the first secret wasn't the last, it was just the beginning.

You think you can imagine the worst thing that could happen to your family, but there are some secrets that change everything.

And then the question is, how can you piece together a future when your past is being rewritten?

My verdict
I loved this book from start to finish and couldn't put it down. You, Me & Other People is a thought-provoking look at the breakdown of a marriage and the costs of infidelity.  The story is filled with gentle humour as well as sadness as the story unfolds.

Fionnuala Kearney is not just a gifted storyteller but fleshes out her characters so well that they come to life. The chapters alternate between the viewpoints of Beth and Adam, which means you get to hear both sides of the story. I felt like I knew these two people personally by the end of the book. It's the little details that make them so realistic and believable - their likes and dislikes, their mannerisms etc.

At the beginning of the story, Beth finds out that her husband Adam has cheated on her for the second time. But this is only the top layer of his deception. As the story progresses, Beth's character grows and strengthens, dealing with whatever secrets are thrown her way.  Little snippets of information tease the reader and keep the story flowing. The secrets keep on coming, with layer after layer peeled away until the final reveal of all.

This is an amazing debut, and I couldn't stop thinking about it afterwards.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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