The book was selected with the help of a panel of library staff from across the UK. Here are some of their comments:
“I loved this novel, the story was well written with great characters. I could relate heavily with the themes of the novel. Disability, being a lone parent and raising children. We don’t have many stories like this and I felt the author did a good job portraying this. It really shone a much needed light on many issues. I’m not sure how I felt about the ending but I think it seemed like the right ending. I would definitely recommend this to others.”
“I was gripped from the very first page of this book. It’s a compulsive and intriguing read. I found it very hard to put down, very much a ‘just one more chapter’ book. The way it was written piques your interest and your curiosity keeps you wanting to know what happens next. It felt like a thriller, a mystery novel but in a softer way. I found myself gasping aloud on more than one occasion. I found myself not wanting to finish the book around the last 50 pages – it took me a couple of extra days to finish it, as I didn’t want it to end – I was so attached to the characters. The characters are so well drawn, they felt real and seeing them evolve over the time jumps was fascinating. The three main characters – Beth, Oli and Joe, all had their own character arcs and developed in one way or another. They were three dimensional, flawed and raw. This is one of those books that I will be recommending to many people and that is the sign of a great book club book! I cannot praise this book enough. I loved it!”
The full length interview is available on BBC Sounds.