Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone
I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.
Hannah always felt out of place in her small home town Coswell, in Iowa. She felt more at home in Chicago, where she now lived. She liked the anonymity that the city gave her, no nosy neighbours gossiping about her not having children and divorcing her second husband at the age of forty five. Recently being handed a satisfying redundancy packet at work, she packed her bags and reluctantly moved back to her old room in her parents house to look after her mother, who had dementia and spent her days in a care home.
Her older sisters who have settled with their families in Coswell, need her to help them looking after their mum, but Hannah doesn’t stay long. Soon enough she informs them that she is leaving. Dorothy keeps saying that Hannah isn’t her daughter. The sisters Rachel and Becky try to convince Hannah that this is just because she is confused by the memory loss she is experiencing. Hannah retorts that she hasn’t forgotten any of her two other daughters, but more importantly that she has just came across some medical reports with a blood type, which indeed proves it impossible for Dorothy to be her biological mother. The resemblance to her father she bears, makes her believe that he must have had her with another woman and she is determined to find out who she was.
Hannah hopes that the answers she is looking for will finally explain the detachment she has always felt to the town and the people closest to her. Even with her happy childhood, she has always felt that something has been missing all along, she wonders if it was the cause of her inability to build lasting relationships. As she sets on her journey she uncovers secrets that were perhaps best left buried away.
It was a nicely written and interesting story about a search for one’s past, for their close relatives. Hannah hoped that it would teach her something about herself, explain things that she wouldn’t have been able to understand otherwise. I enjoyed the descriptions of the town and the land, the cornfields and the way people who lived there tended to behave, they values and believes. I have never been to the States myself but the picture the author draw gave me a good idea how things were in that part of the wast country. The book shows how the family history is important to us, that we feel an inner need to learn it, to help us explain who we are. Whatever has happened in the past, has an impact on who we are today, this said, it has been also stressed that it is our role in life to build our future on these foundations and not just let them shape us.
Overall a good read, 3 autumn leaves, building blocks or telephone cables.
Autumn leaves, building blocks or telephone cables rating
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time