About the book
Families have secrets they hide even from themselves… It should have been an ordinary birth, the start of an ordinary happy family. But the night Dr David Henry delivers his wife’s twins is a night that will haunt five lives for ever. For though David’s son is a healthy boy, his daughter has Down’s syndrome. And, in a shocking act of betrayal whose consequences only time will reveal, he tells his wife their daughter died while secretly entrusting her care to a nurse. As grief quietly tears apart David’s family, so a little girl must make her own way in the world as best she can.
Reviewed by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
A well crafted, thought provoking story which being discussed, highlights how attitudes have altered in the past forty years. Not surprisingly with a large group (18) most of the moral break points have been experienced by someone in the group prepared openly to describe personal events and consequences. Kim Edwards writes beautiful English but is inclined to over-do minute descriptive details of scenery and characters behaviour. Predictably, some within the group felt that ‘tying up the ends’ is rushed. A good book for group reading.
Star rating: ***