Let the Light Shine : Nick Alexander
Just when I was convinced that The Photographer’s Wife was my favourite Nick Alexander book, along comes Let the Light Shine and I’m torn between the two for the top spot.
Nick is at his best when he relates family tales and it’s easy to see why he has become a #1 bestselling author on reading this, his latest novel.
It tells the story of two sisters, Penny and Victoria, with two very different lifestyles.
All families have their secrets but one Christmas in 1976 something tragic happened which impacted each sister in a different way.
Nick displays his usual talent for describing characters and their relationships in a very meaningful way, and as we begin to discover the truth we become as tangled and emotionally involved as the sisters. Each sister, we discover, has a part of the key that unlocks the mystery of what really happened on that fateful day.
Nick switches with ease from the present to the past and back again, drip feeding the reader with just enough to masterfully maintain the suspense.
Then, just when you feel that you finally understand, he deftly adds another dimension, adding yet more depth to an already rich tale.
There are many dark themes in this engrossing story and I was relieved when the light finally shone but regretted having to put the book down after the final page.