I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts and also being part of the blog tour for “The Second Cup” by Sarah Marie Graye. Tour organiser is Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources. This book is available in paperback and eBook.
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Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.
Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life.
With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything – including why Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?
From the synopsis we are told this book is about a suicide, the devastation it causes to those left behind. How a group of friends have lived their lives before and since the event. But for me it is more than the suicide, and please don’t for a moment think I am playing that down and being disrespectful when I say this. The suicide is part of the story, but I feel the story is more than that.
The story is told from five viewpoints, they each explain their lives from childhood, to University and beyond. They all seem to have something that is missing from their lives, it is like a void. They are fragile but they have strength, support and the bond of friendship that keep them moving forward. Sarah has explored this aspect very well and the message I seem to be seeing is, if people really expressed their thoughts and feelings to those concerned it could make a difference. Sometimes you cannot see what you have got in life to be thankful for, sometimes it is staring you in the face, other times it has always been there and you have never noticed until it is no longer there.
This story did take me a while to get into, but once I had met the five characters and understood their role within the group it was all good. It was an intruding and quite deep and dark at times and Sarah has done a great job of giving each several different traits that make them recognisable as you read. In having many POV’s you are given a much fuller picture of the story as well as their thoughts and feeling to each other.
I have a feeling this is a book that different readers will take different things from, I think there are elements from characters that some readers will identify with. I will mention that there are mentions in this of unhappy childhoods, depression and then also the suicide. This may be a trigger for some readers, but for me I thought Sarah handled them well. If you read Sarah’s bio you will see she has experience of depression and I think this is what makes this story a believable one.
This is one I would definitely recommend to readers of Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, who like a slower paced, multi character lead read, that is well written and an emotionally deep and well thought out book.
I wish to express my thanks to Rachel and Sarah for inviting me onto the tour for this book. My views expressed here are my own and are unbiased. I would also like to wish Sarah all the very best with her writing and this book xx
About the Author:
Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing… until aged 9, when she was diagnosed with depression.
It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision.
Now in her early 40s, and with an MA Creative Writing from London South Bank University (where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder), Sarah Marie has published her debut novel – about family, friendships and mental health.
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