- Publisher: Macmillan Australia
- Published: 26 October 2021
- Paperback: 333 pages
My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2
The moment she laid eyes on Heather Wisher, Tully knew this woman was going to destroy their lives.
Tully and Rachel are murderous when they discover their father has a new girlfriend. The fact that Heather is half his age isn’t even the most shocking part. Stephen is still married to their mother, who is in a care facility with end-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Heather knows she has an uphill battle to win Tully and Rachel over, while carrying the burden of the secrets of her past. But, as it turns out, they are all hiding something. The announcement of Stephen and Heather’s engagement threatens to set off a family implosion, with old wounds and dark secrets finally being forced to the surface. A garage full of stolen goods. An old hot-water bottle, stuffed with cash. A blood-soaked wedding. And that’s only the beginning . . .
Once I started this book, I could not put it down. Sally Hepworth is the master of the last-line-in-the-chapter hook! Wow!
The characters were vivid, bold and colourful with all their messiness, not to mention the real life issues (and their effects). Truly a fantastic read. And only a 4 1/2* because of my dislike of the name Heather.
The funniest part was when I was reading other people’s reviews, after reading the book. Apparently the ending was COMPLETELY changed after the advanced reader copies went out. As in, the reviews weren’t great, so the ending was changed before it became a published version.
That’s why I love self-publishing because you have beta readers to tell you what sucks WAY before you get close to publishing. Once again, thank you my Lovelies (aka my street team) for helping me so much, so that I can avoid the trashing that happens to trad-published authors when their publishers do this crap to them! (Luckily it’s worked out for Hepworth..)
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