One Saturday morning, TJ McConnell wakes up to find his mother, Mary, gone. He doesn’t know where – or why – but he’s the only one who can help find her.
Mary grew up longing for information about the mother she never knew. Her brother could barely remember her, and their father numbed his pain with drink.
Now aged thirty-seven, Mary has lived in the same house her whole life. She’s never left Belfast. TJ, who’s about to turn eighteen, is itching to see more of the world.
But when his mother disappears, TJ begins to realise what he’s been taking for granted.
I couldn’t believe this was a debut novel, it was just so good. A well written and thought provoking read, one that when I wasn’t reading it, it made me think what would I do in Mary’s situation. The story goes from past to present, to really get a good idea of what Mary has been through in her life, I felt as though this really helped me to connect with Mary. In the present Mary is thirty seven with a son who is seventeen, he takes her for granted and when she disappears he has no clue what to do. He discovers that he hasn’t really ever learned to know his mum which I found quite sad and also that fact when she is there he takes her for granted. Whether you are a mother or not I found that you will understand Mary and where she is coming from. It is a sad and tragic story but one that stole my heart and one that I will keep in my heart for ever.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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