Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear.
Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother’s things, she realises the key to her son’s future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock…The Secret.
The Letter was a run away success for this writer so when I saw The Secret in NetGalley I was intrigued to find out whether it was a fluke or whether Ms Hughes could maintain the momentum forged in her first book. Her roller coast success with a self published debut under Matador to a two book deal with Headline is indeed something all Indie writers dream of, whether they’re prepared to admit to it or not.
Like The Letter The Secret is set across two timelines – the present and forty years earlier. It tells the story of a recently bereaved daughter and her desperate plight to find a kidney for her ill child. In this there are elements of both My Sister’s Keeper and The Midwive’s Comfession but that’s where any similarity ends. This is a very clever work carefully entwining lives that are then unraveled in a spectacular fashion that will defy any guessing. The way Ms Hughes has researched and reproduced 1970 UK to the reader is formidable sparking long distant and near forgotten memories from characters that explode of the screen like an episode of early Coronation Street with the bar tart and hard working cleaner circa Bet Lynch and Hilda Ogden vying for pole positions.
A real gem of a read well deserving the weighty heights it is bound to reach.