Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Sue Shepherd 10/10
Wow! There is so much I want to say about this book, but so little I can say without giving any spoilers. I was intrigued by the storyline having a fascination with twins anyway but this is one unique relationship.
You are welcomed into the story at a six-year old’s birthday party. You immediately feel the innocence of youth and the nurturing family atmosphere, especially from the wonderful Nanna. It transported me back to my childhood immediately with warm thoughts of my own nan. Then Bam! I certainly didn’t predict any of what comes next as this original plot unfolds.
The story progresses as the main characters pass the ages of 10 and 16 exploring some of the rights of passage, then on to the later teenage years where the characters explore a gap-year-type trip to Bondi Beach. Having a son out there currently, I know this writing was spot on and I felt our miles close just by reading of the experiences that echo his.
Even though the characters are young in much of the first half, it’s certainly an adult story, and the journey continues all the way through their lives culminating in their 30s.
There are some great descriptive language and funny one-liners. It is so well written that it can effortlessly bring about a change of several emotions in one chapter. I laughed, got a bit choked up on more than one occasion and just wanted to discuss the storyline with people. It was very thought provoking and emotive, and even though it is fiction, it dealt with some very real subjects in a compassionate way. This story would be perfect for a Book Group as there’s so much that can be taken from the characters and the storyline. At around 8-9 hours reading time, I read this in two sittings only stopping to put the kettle on and have a wee break. It was certainly a case of “just one-more-chapter”! Highly recommended.
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this in a competition run by So many books, so little time but it is currently only 99p on Amazon or free on Kindle Unlimited.
The Blurb – Beth has a secret she’s kept from everyone except her sister. But it’s time to get on with her life. Could a seductive Italian, a smooth-talking charmer or backpacking around Australia be the answer?
Lisa feels she’s always lived in her sister’s shadow. Maybe now it’s her turn for some fun, whatever the consequences. But will her drunken antics land Beth in trouble?
And when it comes to the crunch, will one sister have to give up what she wants so the other can have what she needs?