With a cast list as long as the one in Shari Low’s latest book, I was worried my poor, weary brain wouldn’t be able to cope but One Day In December is so well written, engrossing and entertaining that I was more than able to keep up.
As the title suggests, the story follows a day in the lives of four different characters whose fates are intertwined – even if they don’t know it.
It is a proper page-turner, which gets all the more thrilling as it speeds towards its utterly perfect, highly emotional (seriously, real tears), conclusion.
Here’s the blurb:
By the stroke of midnight, a heart would be broken, a cruel truth revealed, a devastating secret shared, and a love betrayed. Four lives would be changed forever, One Day in December.
One morning in December…
Caro set off on a quest to find out if her relationship with her father had been based on a lifetime of lies.
Lila decided today would be the day that she told her lover’s wife of their secret affair.
Cammy was on the way to pick up the ring for the surprise proposal to the woman he loved.
And Bernadette vowed that this was the day she would walk away from her controlling husband of 30 years and never look back.
One day, four lives on a collision course with destiny…
There’s a full character list at the start, which I actually found a little overwhelming, but once you begin reading it soon becomes clear who everyone is.
Shari is a master of characterisation and I was soon captivated by their different tales. I even felt sympathy for Lila, who is probably the least likeable of the four, because we learn through her thoughts (and how other people view her) the cause of some of her behaviour.
The chapters switch between the characters which keeps things moving along at quite a pace and makes it really hard to stop reading (and I mean REALLY hard).
While it flowed beautifully, I can only imagine the planning that went into it to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together.
From start to finish, there isn’t a single thing I would change about this book, it is perfection.
My rating: Five stars.