Tuesday, 17 April 2012
It's quite clear from the start that Tess has money problems and she's terrified of it catching up with her. As the title suggests, it's all about secrets and that it's often better to get them out in the open than letting them fester away. Tess is keeping a variety of secrets from Joe and her new friends but many of them seem quite inconsequential things to be scared about. This is often the way when someone keeps secrets for so long. Maybe it all seems a little too easy to sort things out once she starts confessing though.
Joe also has his secrets. He works abroad a lot, building bridges, and has women waiting for him in every country. Upon returning he doesn't feel like his house is home. The bridge building metaphor was perhaps a bit overdone in places and Joe's voice wasn't consistent. There's be the odd soliloquy or internal thought that didn't sound like him at all. I'll accept that he had a lot of thoughts go through his head when he has his relationship epiphany but the words on the page seemed unlikely.
I liked the setting of a Northern seaside town, it makes a nice change from London and the location adds to the story as well. Overall an enjoyable and undemanding read.