The Rain Before it Falls by Jonathan Coe

About the book

Deeply moving and compelling, The Rain Before it Falls is the story of three generations of one family riven by tragedy. When Rosamund, a reluctant bearer of family secrets, dies suddenly, a mystery is left for her niece Gill to unravel. Some photograph albums and tapes point towards a blind girl named Imogen whom no one has seen in twenty years. The search for Imogen and the truth of her inheritance becomes a shocking story of mothers and daughters and of how sadness, like a musical refrain, may haunt us down the years.

Reviewed by White Lion, Yateley Reading Group:

Mixed reactions. Intrigued by the authors decision to write as a woman. Disappointing ending. Extraneous character and subplots. Over-embroidered. Overall well written.

Star rating: **+

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