Jill’s three sons mean everything to her. When tradegy strikes they pull together to support her. With the holidays fast approaching, Jill is eager to put te past behind them as they gather together for a trip away.
But with the arrival of an unexpected email she is forced to recognise that at the heart of her family lies a shimmering darkness.
Jill would do anything for her sons – protect them, lie for them, even die for them. But with a secret so dark, and so damaging, hurtling on a collision towards them, only one question remains:
Will any of them survive it?
Well, thank you Sriya at Michael Joseph for inviting me to be involved in this blog tour, celebrating publication of You Need to Know. This was my first introduction to Nicola Moriarty although like many of you I am very familiar with her sister Liane Moriarty and have enjoyed most of her books.
You Need to Know is best described as a family drama, Jill is mother to Tony, Pete and Darren, Tony is married to Andrea, Pete is married to Mimi and they have 4 children including baby twins plus daughters 8 and 16. Darren split from his girlfriend but they remain friends, he is single. Set in Australia, all three sons are writers with various degrees of success and pressure in relation to this. In this contemporary fiction, Moriarty has created a warm and likeable cast of characters, interweaving their stories, which are all rich with life and struggles, secrets and lies. All authentic in detail.
In just short of 400 pages there is lots expertly packed into this book, told from multiple perspectives in a third person narrative which moves between past and present. A car crash on Christmas Eve opens the story before pitching back to the beginning of December when we get to know the whole family, their stories unfolding and converging towards a shocking conclusion as they travel together for their Christmas break.
Excellently told, this story had some truly fantastic plots which were executed to perfection. I was utterly absorbed in this story and was delighted to finally be able to sit in the sunshine and read this book. I particularly enjoyed the multiple perspectives which allowed the reader to ‘get close’ to several of the key family members and my curiosty was peaked by the emerging storylines and my attempts to piece things together.
If you like strong, twisty family dramas, this book is for you, if you enjoy Liane Moriarty, Lisa Jewell, Marian Keyes then I think this book is for you. If you like excellent contemporary fiction then pick this one up. With wide appeal, if you like reading, give this one a go!
About the Author
Nicola Moriarty is a novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong – willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying at university, she began to write. Now, she can’t seem to stop. The Fifth Letter was her UK debut novel, followed by Those Other Women and The Ex-Girlfriend.
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