Ten years ago he killed my son. Today I married him.
Ten years ago my darling son Jesse was murdered and our perfect family was destroyed. My strong, handsome boy, so full of life, became a memory, a photo I carried with me everywhere.
But today I’m finally close to finding happiness again. My ash-blonde hair has been curled into ringlets. Carefully placed white flowers frame my delicate features. The small, drab chapel has been prettied up with white satin, and there are tiny red hearts scattered on the small table where I will soon sign the register with my new husband.
The man who killed my son.
My friends and family can’t understand it. My neighbours whisper in the street whenever I walk past. How can I love a man like Tom?
They don’t really know me at all…
The story: *****
Tom Billinghurst and Jesse Wilson were long-time best friends from childhood. Their moms, Jill and Bridget, respectively, were also best friends. On an night when they were 18years old they get flung out of a nightclub and then subsequently fight amongst themselves until one punch ends in a death.
Tom is sent to prison for the death of his friend Jessie, and the book told in many perspectives tell the tale of the event leading up to that night and also what caused Jill to want to marry the man who killed her son 10 years late.
As soon as I read the synopsis for this I was hooked – I just had to see why on earth this woman would do such a thing – was it true love or was she out for revenge in some way? Now I had thought I knew where the story was going, but then it took a turn I wasn’t expecting!
The multiple perspectives did lead to some reputation but you were getting the story from that characters view of the events, and it all added to the bigger picture.
The narration: ****
Lucy Price-Lewis brought this book to life, though at some points I was heard to distinguish Jill and Bridget and if it wasn’t for the chapter titles I did get a little lost until I realised who was ‘speaking’. The audio was crisp and clear.
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