Top positive review
A wonderful treat...
20 January 2019
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read: sibling rivalry combined with skeletons in the closet. A beautifully crafted story about a family secret which wreaks havoc when it is revealed... The family dynamics are wonderfully realistic and the years in which the book is set are evocative.
Every family has secrets and most people are intrinsically drawn and curious to unearth them and every family has at least one walking disaster...
‘An argument was never very far away from her sister. Even when they were kids, Clare could start a row in an empty room. It was funny how they’d all just grown up into older versions of how were they were as children.’
Clare was an imposing piece of work as even in childhood, she had rebelliously pushed every boundary and as an adult, she was irresponsible, unpredictably volatile and self-destructive.
‘Thank the Lord that her own parents hadn’t been around to see how Clare was turning out. She could virtually feel the breeze that was coming off her father spinning in his grave.’
For me the strength of this book is in the characters of the siblings who all need one another whether they like it or not. Each section was told from a different point of view which worked well both in terms of keeping up momentum as well as highlighting that sometimes the people we think we know the best can really surprise us. The well-observed little details of family life add depth to a well-paced plot which keeps you guessing until the end. ‘The Thing About Clare’ is a wonderful treat.