Monday, 6 August 2018

Book Review - The Secrets of Primrose Square by Claudia Carroll

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Title: The Secrets of Primrose Square
Author: Claudia Carroll
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Zaffer
Publication Date: 26th July 2018 
Rating: 4 Stars

So many stories hidden behind closed doors . . . 

It's late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches . . .

In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her. 

A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever. 

And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don't quite add up . . .

Welcome to Primrose Square.

What an impressive story of women's friendship, of their strength or to borrow a well known 90s phrase - Girl Power!  For that is what this is 4 very different females, of assorted ages, all showing their inner strength and courage in assorted circumstances. 

There are four main characters and the focus changes between them all. The one thing they have in common is their address is on Primrose Square. 

There is plenty I would like to say about the specifics but I think this works better as a book you don't know too much about in advance. It will mean the writing is even more powerful especially in the case of Susan and Melissa's stories. 

This is a book that makes me proud to be a woman and the writing deals with a whole host of issues with great compassion.  It is a very well written and researched book, and feels like a slight change of direction from the author. 

I tend to think of romantic comedy when it comes to Claudia Carroll, but yet this is a book that had me thinking and feeling far more than it did laughing.    The Secrets of Primrose Square is a book that needs to be read steadily so that you don't miss anything, as there is a lot going on, and some information is shared really slowly building up not to shocking reveals but ones that make sense in the context of what you have been reading. 

Without a doubt its a very good book, and I will be sad to say goodbye to Susan, Melisa, Nancy and Jayne. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Zaffre for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

1 comment:

  1. This does sound like a lovely read! I might have to check this one out!


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