I actually really liked this. A few errors that should’ve been picked up in editing (which was a bit rubbish as it’s a hardback), but apart from those it was good. 🙂 It’s not my usual genre, but every now and then it’s nice to have a cleanse from the gory crime books I tend to favour.
Full disclosure, I didn’t like QUEENIE….!!! I know a bazillion people read Carty-Williams’ first novel, and loved it, but it just wasn’t for me. But not liking an authors book, doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t read more of their work. I heard about this new one on BETWEEN THE COVERS on BBC2 with Sarah Cox and it sounded amazing.
I promptly took myself off the book store and picked up the BEAUTIFUL hard copy, and it is gorgeous.
It’s an excellent story, so much drama, so much confusion, I loved it. I think everyone can relate to the family dynamic we’ve got here – well I suppose an only child wouldn’t – but I certainly did. I have got 5 brothers and sisters, some half, some full, but all family nonetheless. I saw my relationship with them reflected in some of these characters, and it drew me further into this world.
The crazy story made this one a really fun read and I’m so glad I didn’t write off Candice Carty-Williams after QUEENIE.
Dimple Pennington knew of her half siblings, but she didn’t really know them. Five people who don’t have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad’s gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues. Dimple has bigger things to think about. She’s thirty, and her life isn’t really going anywhere. An aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, Dimple’s life has shrunk to the size of a phone screen. And despite a small but loyal following, she’s never felt more alone in her life. That is, until a dramatic event brings her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie and Prynce crashing back into her life. And when they’re all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.