Title: One year later
Author: Sanjida Kay
# of pages: 368
Date of publication: 1st June 2020
One year later by Sanjida Kay is a suspense thriller with a twist that you never see coming!
Amy and Matt lost their youngest daughter. She died right before her third birthday. It was an accident that tore the family apart. That accident changed them. There is a gap and not just between Amy and Matt, but also between other members of the family. There’s an invisible wall around each one of them.
To ease this strain, Nick suggests a family trip on Ruby- May’s upcoming anniversary. He plans to bring the family together. But what he doesn’t know someone in the family is lying? Someone is hiding the truth! Will, they ever know, will they come together as a family or this trip will create a deeper trench between them?
The books start slow. The story develops the characters with time. Each character grows and, you know more about them as the story progresses. There is an air of mystery that lingers around the chapters that’s what drives you to move from chapter to chapter. Nick (most of it) and Amy narrate the story from their perspective. It is unique as Nick takes charge of digging deeper into the accident instead of her mother.
Amy talks about her time with Ruby- May. Nick narrates the story in present and, we see other characters through his eyes. The character list is small and easy to remember. In the first half of the book, the author leaves you bread crumbs. The second half is Nick’s investigation and doubts that pushes the story forward.
The central theme of the book is complex family relations along with lies, deceit and grief. Grief changes our equation with people around us. It irreversibly changes a part of us.
The story set in Bristol. But a good part of their travel is in Italy. A remote island off the coast of Italy. The author has done a brilliant job in describing the locales. I am sure the readers will have no difficulty imagining any of it.
The book has the elements of a great suspense book, but some of the portions were slow and, it dragged a little.
Overall, one year later will release in June this year. It’s a perfect summer read. I recommend adding this book to your TBR and, you won’t regret it.
On a lighter note, Nick has few of Star war dialogues on his sleeves.
Thank you, NetGalley and Corvus for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
My rating 3.5 stars.