Monday 17 July 2017

✪ What Happened That Night ✪ Sheila O'Flanagan ✪

Readers of Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell and Santa Montefiore will love Sunday Times bestselling author Sheila O'Flanagan's gripping new novel. Reviewers adore Sheila's books: 'Smart and twisty' ***** Heat; 'Fantastic' Bella

Lola Fitzpatrick is bright and ambitious but she's also headstrong and stubborn. When one evening, out of the blue, she has to make a life-changing choice, she decides quickly and rashly. And without a piece of vital information that might have changed everything.

Lola's daughter Bey has inherited Lola's determined nature. Yet her impulsive reactions place her in danger, leading her to run away from what she wants most. And then, one night, she's standing in front of the man she loves, with her own choice to make...

For both Lola and Bey, everything changes in a moment. But their biggest mistakes might also turn out to be their greatest opportunities...

ARC received from Hachette Australia for an honest review

I am not going to lie, I was not sure what to expect when I picked up What Happened That Night (and I did push it aside to read other books a couple of times before picking it up).

Almost everything in Lola and Bey Fitzpatrick's lives revolves in some way around "what happened that night" - not going to give away what happens though, you will have to read for yourself.

I adore Lola from the first time we meet her, and her daughter Bey is just wonderful.

This isn't a love story, it is a story of families, decisions that change lives and the consequences of those decisions down the track.

I love Lola and Bey's relationship so much.  It is the kind of relationship we should all strive for with our parents/children.  Unconditional love at its finest.

I am not going to lie.  I disliked, and in some cases down right hated about 90% of the other characters 95% of the time.  I know we weren't particularly supposed to like them, but I found them completely horrible every time they were on the page - you will get it when you read it, believe me you will!

I loved that the Irish/Englishness of this book was not toned down for the US market (not everything is about America, just saying).  I loved the European feel of the story.

The story is full of emotion, I lost count of how many times I yelled at my book, wanting to throw it across the room.

This was my first Sheila O'Flanagan read, but I will definitely be reading more in my future.