…by Liz Byrski.
Heather Delaney is a local Member of Parliament in Newcastle. Her life is thrown off balance when she gets shot at and injured. Problem is, she doesn’t know who did it or why they would target her. This attack doesn’t just affect Heather. Her older brother Adam and his second wife Jill who are already struggling fine that their marriage is even more stressful with Adam withdrawing into his shell with his music leaving Jill to question things. Then there is Shaun who works for Heather and who was also present at the time of the shooting. He battles with his responsibilities and his relationship. Diane, a woman volunteering in Heather’s office, can’t seem to get past her divorce two years ago and is bitter about everything. Heather’s aunt Barbara who is enjoying her rural retirement, is about to have things disrupted as well following the shooting. And finally, there is Ellis. Heather’s ex-flame. Who turns up on reading what has happened to her trying to be her knight in shining armour. And is determined to make the relationship work his way. Only to have Adam ruffled because of how he treated Heather in the past. But this is a secret no one is talking about.
I picked this book up on a whim at the library. I’d never heard of the author but thought I’d give it a shot. While the story line was gripping in some parts, there were several sections that dragged on for me and some which I found just completely unrealistic. Like how some people managed to change their personalities completely with some sort of epiphany. This, after being a certain way for almost 50 years. I also couldn’t identify with most of the characters…most of them being 50 plus years of age. In some ways you could say it is a book for older women but not necessarily in the chick-lit category. It also looks into families and the struggles of trying to keep up in society. The book did redeem itself with the ending I must admit but all in all, it wasn’t really a book that I just had to get to or had to read.