The novel is narrated by Molly and Alex, in two time frames, before and 3 years after Alex's accident, which led to serious physical and emotional changes.
The reader receives a great deal of insight into both characters and their relationship, but there is a third dark and troubled character, Alex's twin brother, Graeme.
It’s a contemporary domestic drama, which contrasts Alex’s dysfunctional family and Molly’s supportive parents.
It’s also a love story. Molly has great financial and emotional difficulties coping with her husband’s changed and unpredictable personality, after his accident. Molly literarily has to learn to live with a new man and cope with a depressing job in a small town, far away from her family and friends in London.
Molly is the strongest and most admirable person in the novel. Her caring, determined and patient character fuels her struggle, against all odds, to preserve her marriage and help Alex through his long and challenging recovery.
Other important topics brought up are parenting, sibling rivalry, friendship and the hardships of contemporary life.
The conclusion was satisfactory and feel-good, which surprised me because there was a lot of suspense and tension throughout, so I kept expecting a dark twist, which never came.
In spite of the lack of surprising plot twists, the novel had a steady pace and the prose flowed smoothly. I listened to the whole novel on Audible over two days, because I was invested in the characters and the storyline.
I will definitely be looking out for more novels by this author.
The narrators of the audio version were excellent.