All That is Lost Between Us by Sara Foster
on February 1st 2016
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Seventeen-year-old Georgia has a secret – one that is isolating her from everyone she loves. She is desperate to tell her best friend, but Sophia is ignoring her, and she doesn’t know why. And before she can find out, Sophia is left fighting for her life after a hit and run, with Georgia a traumatised witness.
As a school psychologist, Georgia’s mother Anya should be used to dealing with scared adolescents. However, it’s very different when the girl who needs help is your own child. Meanwhile, Georgia’s father is wracked with a guilt he can’t share; and when Zac, Georgia’s younger brother, stumbles on an unlikely truth, the family relationships really begin to unravel.
Georgia’s secret is about to go viral. And yet, it will be the stranger heading for the family home who will leave her running through the countryside into terrible danger. Can the Turner family rise above the lies they have told to betray or protect one another, in order to fight for what matters most of all?
Set against the stark, rugged beauty of England’s Lake District, All That is Lost Between Us is a timeless thriller with a modern twist. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com.au/... (less)
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Wow, this was good. A multi-faceted story which depicted seemingly every day wholesome families in a different light to the one they portrayed. Family dynamics and needing to deal with first romances and established marriages and all that lies in between are drawn together in All That is Lost between Us. A fateful night sees a group of teenage friends fall victim to an act of violence that catapults two families into disarray. It enables a domino effect of conflict and division through the demands and stress placed on both families and their ability to adapt to the situations they are now faced with.
Set in the Fells, a part of the English countryside I was inspired to research as I was drawn into the story. We meet Georgia, a passionate runner who is getting ready to return to school for her final year. During the holidays, she teams up with a fellow enthusiast and who soon consumes her time to the extent she feels miserable when she’s not with him. Excluding Sophia her cousin from this exciting moment in her life feels wrong and she struggles with how to get around this lie by omission in not sharing her news of her new running partner earlier. Georgia and her cousin always shared, not doing so now didn’t sit well with Georgia but when the opportunity to remedy the situation arose, it fell through.
The Fells is a small community her family has lived in for generations and with an ongoing affinity to the natural landscape embraced by at least one family member in each generation. The main attraction being the hiking tracks and stunning views that provided a wonderful visual backdrop to the dark drama that unfolded.
The suspense holds up throughout and you are not aware from where the trouble is brewing. Along the way, quick decisions are made, some good, others not so. There were some great lessons to be learned about social media illustrating the impact taunting and bullying have on people. It was integrated into the plot without pontificating, yet the message came through loud and clear.
The ending brings you to a clear moment in time when life has turned another chapter. Whether it is what you hoped for will depend on the reader. I say I was on the fence as to whether the story took me where I wanted to go but in retrospect it ended on the right note.
Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars
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