Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Books Read: Amy Silver - The Reunion

They thought they'd be friends forever.

Jen, Andrew, Lilah, Natalie and Dan were inseparable at university, but in the seventeen years since they left they have hardly seen each other. Until Jen invites them all to stay at her house in the French Alps. The house where they once spent a golden summer before tragedy tore them apart.

When a snowstorm descends, they find themselves trapped and forced to confront their unresolved issues, frustrated passions and broken friendships. And as relationships shift and marriages flounder, the truth about what really happened years before is slowly revealed. And Jen realises that perhaps some wounds can never be healed...

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At university, Jen, Conor, Lilah, Andrew, Nat and Dan were the best of friends and did everything together until the events of one tragic day tore their lives apart and shattered their close bond.

Twenty years later Jen decides to reunite them and invites Lilah, Dan, Nat and Andrew, to join her in the French house that they all used to spend holidays at together but none of them know that the others will be there.  Will they be able to put the past behind them and forgive each other for the things that happened all those years ago to regain the close friendships that they once had?

This was a thought provoking story which showed the frailty of relationships, that none of the characters were perfect and how they each dealt with the tragedy in their own way. But I must warn you to have a box of tissues handy when you're close to the end as the ending will break your heart... I'm glad I was home alone when I read that bit as I was a sobbing mess!

I don't normally like stories which are told in multi timeframes as they often get quite confusing but I didn't find that this was the case with this book at all. Each timeframe had it's own purpose; the past element obviously laid down the groundwork to explain what had happened to affect their friendships, the inbetween period is covered by emails exchanges and letters between the various characters which show how they are coping, or not as the case may be, with their feelings and highlight the breakdown in some of the relationships, and finally in the current day we get to see them finally deal with everything once and for all.

I'd heard that The Reunion was completely different in style to Amy Silver's previous books and having previously read both One Minute to Midnight and All I Want for Christmas, I can definitely confirm that it is.   I loved this new style of writing from Amy Silver and cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next.

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