Day two of Kerry Fisher’s blog tour is here and the tour bus stops with me, TWG! As a huge fan of Kerry Fisher’s previous novels, I just knew that I had to read her latest book, ‘The Secret Child’, otherwise I would regret it! In my eyes, Kerry Fisher is an author who can do no wrong. What I got with ‘The Secret Child’ was something I never expected….
You can run from your past, but it will always catch up with you…
Susie was forced to do something she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption. Everything that led to this child, this choice, had to be buried and forgotten.
Her secret echoes down through the years, tainting everything it touches. Her husband wonders why his wife is so distant. Her daughters can’t understand their changeable mother.
Susie knows her past is pushing her family apart, and the guilt is eating her up, but she can’t escape the longing for her lost son. No-one but Susie knows the whole story, and when her daughters discover a piece of the puzzle, she must face the question she has struggled with for most of her life:
Would the truth bring them back together, or break them?
What does TWG think?
Nothing could have prepared me for what I found when I began reading ‘The Secret Child’. It didn’t really matter that I was already a huge fan of Kerry Fisher’s work before this book, as ‘The Secret Child’ was in a completely different league of its own and couldn’t be compared to any of the authors previous novels. Well, in my eyes anyway.
The storyline is split into two parts, both narrated by two different characters as they go about their lives throughout various years. I can say that the first part of the book is told from Susie’s viewpoint as she has to make the most heart-breaking decision of her life. One that she would regret for many, many years. The other part of the book is told by another character who will become clear as the story progresses. ‘The Secret Child’ has such an intense and complex storyline where dropping spoilers would be exceptionally easy. But you won’t be getting any spoilers from me!
In all honesty, it took me a little while to get into the throws of the storyline as we were drip fed information, which meant that it took a little while for things to make sense. Even though I was eager to know the ins and outs of Susie’s life and what happened during those life-changing months all those years ago, I couldn’t help but be swept up in the raw emotion that seemed to make itself known on every single page.
My opinions of characters changed multiple times throughout the novel as going through different circumstances meant that I was able to see a completely different side of a character who had previously irked me, therefore changing my opinion incredibly. The characters in this novel aren’t the sort where you either like them or you don’t and that’s the end of it. Every single one is multi-dimensional with layers that shed when the opportunities arise, all written absolutely beautifully by the author. Kerry Fisher has crafted each character with incredible precision. To be able to do that for each and every character in her storyline is not only outstanding, it is also jaw-dropping. I can’t say that I have read many books where the characters are so well crafted like little wooden dolls for a doll’s house. Amazing.
‘The Secret Child’ took my breath away. I have always known that Kerry Fisher is an exceptional author but, to be honest, I never expected such a strong storyline like this. In my eyes, Kerry Fisher has gone from being a brilliant author, to then being a jaw-droppingly amazing author in the space of one novel.
‘The Secret Child’ is a magnificent, emotional, heart-warming, and stunning novel which has now put author, Kerry Fisher, in a whole new league. It’s beautiful, it’s written with absolute perfection and my goodness, it really is going to have a place in my heart for a long while to come.
Kerry Fisher, you have outdone yourself with this novel. I always knew you were a fantastic author, but with this book, you have shown strength and poignancy in ways I never could imagine.
And for that reason, this is why ‘The Secret Child’ is one of my most favourite books of all time.
Kerry has spent half her life talking about writing a novel, then several years at Candis magazine reviewing other people’s but it wasn’t until she took some online courses with the UCLA (University of California) that the dream started to morph into reality, culminating in the publishing of The Class Ceiling. The Avon imprint of HarperCollins picked it up and retitled it The School Gate Survival Guide, published summer 2014. Her second book, The Island Escape, came out in May 2015. It won first prize at the York Festival of Writing for the opening line: ‘I was wearing the wrong bra for sitting in a police cell’. Her latest book, After The Lie, the story of how small lies become more toxic as they pass down the generations, is out on 29 April 2016.
Best advice ever received: ‘This is fiction, we can skip the boring bits.’ Lynn Hightower, UCLA Writers’ Program.
Read more of her thoughts on life at http://www.kerryfisherauthor.com or follow her on twitter at @kerryfswayne