The story Two Fridays in April by R. Meaney is shown from different people’s perspective, an exercise I usually enjoy in books very much, but in this case it was a bit repetitive and didn’t enrich the plot or the characters that much.
Daphne who is in her thirties is widowed by her husband who was in his fifties, after being married to him only for a few years. She is left in charge of his adolescent stepdaughter Una. The seventeen year old finds the situation difficult, she feels like there is nobody left in the word to love her anymore. The two women tolerated and even liked each other while Finn was alive, but now their relationship needs to be completely redefined, as the link that had connected them is gone.
The strongest part of the book is when author shows how a road accident that resulted in Finn’s death, not only left his family devastated, but also has shattered the life of the man who was driving the bin lorry that had hit Finn. Una is asked for forgiveness and realises that the decision she has to make will have a huge impact on the lives of the driver and his family.
The subject of forgiveness seems to be playing an important role in the book. Would Daphne be able to forgive her mother Isobel for abandoning her when she was a child? Una has also lost her mother, but not because she chose to leave, she has died when she was a little girl. Una’s maternal grandparents are practically strangers to her, they never came to terms that their daughter got pregnant young.
Also grieving for Finn is his mother Mo, whom Daphne finds distant and cold. She tries to convince her daughter in law to reopen her son’s shop but Daphne isn’t sure she is up to it. She wonders if she should do it for Una, who likes the idea very much. Daphne realises how much she actually cares for the girl when she goes missing. Will she find her safe and sound? Overall a good read, 3 bicycles, car keys or light bulbs.
Bicycles, car keys or light bulbs rating
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time