All right, before I get started on this book review, I have to admit that this author has so sucked me in again.
After losing her best friend to a seemingly quite random case of violence near her Notting Hill home one morning, Ellie flies to the UK immediately to care for Sophie and her dad who are just as shocked and in a cloud of smoke that is deterring them from living.
But when she gets there she finds that everything looks the same as it did or seems to be since her last visit – calendar of activities, play dates, and appointments; the house as it always seems, but she will soon to find out something that has been hidden from her, something that she will think she has failed her best friend for the last 30 years.
But then again, Ellie has a few skeletons in her closet as well that she is running from…
As Ellie stays longer in the UK, she begins to unravel the mysteries of what her friend was hiding, what she was running from, as well as the other characters that have all hidden things over the years about being scared, not being able to commit fully, and to learn to love fully and completely.
The depth and closeness that Julie writes with makes me want to delve deeper into her mind, just to get a glimpse as to what is next on her list of books to complete. She has well developed characters, who are flawed in their own personal lives who develop to understanding the deeper meaning of the relationships that are encompassed which flow into each page which is wonderful.
Well Ellie overcome her own fears and learn more about her friend and family that she thought she already thought she knew?
Will she be able to come terms with her grief, her resistance to be close to her husband and family and finally be able to love again?
Here is my review of her first book The Opposite of Love