We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts on The Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark on tour today.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 Dec. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503904962
- ISBN-13: 978-1503904965
A dying wish. A devastating secret. Should the truth really stay buried?
The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond, but when their mother, Dorothy, dies seemingly without a will, this relationship is put to the test. As the mourning siblings try to make sense of the situation, one of them is caught with a secret: before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter—and told her to destroy them both.
Of course it was Anna their mother turned to for this mission. Miriam, the eldest, is far too sensible; Sebastian, the baby, too sensitive; and Clare, the middle child, has always been too rebellious to rely on, and long ago cut herself out of her siblings’ lives.
But what Anna finds in the documents could change everything. Do the other siblings not deserve to know what it is about them that their mother was so desperate to hide? And if it is revealed, will the Bliss family ever be the same again?
The Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark is published on 1st December 2018 in paperback and ebook by Lake Union Publishing.
I really enjoyed this book, and couldn’t put it down.
The Thing About Clare is based on the Bliss family and the dynamics of family life. The chapters are spread over time and I liked each snippet which were split between Dorothy and her four children; Miriam, Clare, Anna and Sebastian. Each time period gives insights into each character. Although the story is based on family life, which could be dull, the structure Imogen Clark used kept the pages turning.
Clare, the black sheep of the family is a vibrant, high-spirited and colourful character who finds life and its many decisions difficult.
Anna, her younger sister is left with a secret and struggles to deal with the knowledge.
My favourite chapters were Dorothy’s as I could relate to the lonely start to motherhood. I felt more for her character but enjoyed finding out how her children grew up and their positions within the family.
An interesting book which questions nature versus nurture and whether a mother has a favourite child and the implications for this.
Imogen Clark lives in Yorkshire, England with her husband and children.
Her first burning ambition was to be a solicitor and so she read Law at Manchester University and then worked for many years at a commercial law firm.
After leaving her legal career behind to care for her children, she turned to her second love – books. She returned to university, studying part-time whilst the children were at school and was awarded a BA in English Literature with First Class Honours.
Imogen loves sunshine and travel and she longs to live by the sea one day.
Her debut novel POSTCARDS FROM A STRANGER reached the top of the Amazon Kindle Charts in both the UK and Australia.
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