Sally Lachlan has a secret that has haunted her for a decade. But perhaps it is time to let it go. A chance meeting with geneticist Anthony Blake reawakens her desire for happiness and at the same time her daughter Charlie shows signs of wanting to know more about her father. Both the past and the future are places Sally prefers not to think about. But if she wants to move towards a brighter future, she will first have to come to terms with her long-ago marriage. Only by delving deep into the past will she be able to be honest with Charlie. And herself.
This is a love story - of the love between a man and a woman, and between a mother and a daughter. The themes are contemporary - female friendship, single parenthood, the nature of memory, and above all middle-class domestic violence.
The story is also a tale of redemption, of new hopes and fresh beginnings.
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A Perfect Marriage
‘With an intricate plaiting of past and present that both tantalises and beguiles, this novel is a poignant account of a marriage that is not what its title suggests’
‘Alison Booth captures the magnificence of female friendships and the tragedy of a disastrous marriage in a narrative that has the most satisfying of conclusions, hope.’
‘With crystal-clear prose and an artful warmth, Alison Booth leads us into the heart of contemporary human relationships, exposing tough – and necessary – truths. Very moving.”
‘.. cleverly structured…' (Click to read full review)
Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald
‘...a psychological drama…[that’s] the anatomy of a marriage, a life, a family.' (Click to read full review)
I found it immensely readable and really liked the author’s writing style. I think it showcases the fact that massive plot twists are not necessary when the writing is of good quality and the plotting is tight and clever. I shall look forward to Booth’s next book.