You, Me and Other People by Fionnuala Kearney
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Release date: 18 June 2015
Back cover blurb: THEY SAY EVERY FAMILY HAS SKELETONS IN THEIR CLOSET . . . But what happens when you open the door and they won’t stop tumbling out? For Adam and Beth the first secret wasn’t the last, it was just the beginning. You think you can imagine the worst thing that could happen to your family, but there are some secrets that change everything. And then the question is, how can you piece together a future when your past is being rewritten?
You, Me & Other People is quite simply, a stunning debut.
Beth Hall's husband has left her for a younger woman. But it's not that that she hates him for. Her hatred towards Adam stems from the fact that he cheated on her, and ultimately because he lied to her, and their daughter Meg.
When the novel opens we meet Adam under strange circumstances and it is only as the plot unfolds that we learn exactly what was happening at that point of the novel.
Adam is thoroughly unlikeable for the majority of the novel, but he does begin to see the error of his (many) ways by the end. (Although I didn't really have any sympathy for him!)
Adam is a complex character who has tangled himself in a whole web of lies.
Not only has he cheated on Beth more than once - she found it in herself to forgive the first time as their daughter was only young, but he continues to lie to her even when trying to win her back.
Adam's sheer stupidity (brilliant characteristion by the author) actually amazed me at times, how on earth he thinks he's going to get back with Beth whilst still seeing his girlfriend (and telling more lies) I will never know!
Beth is nothing short of amazing, she is strong, determined and not afraid to say what she thinks. Adam has left her heartbroken, but she has no idea of the fall out set to continue when Adam recieves a phone call from his first mistress.
You, Me & Other People is a gripping novel, beautifully written and very unpredictable, you will not be able to put it down.
You, Me & Other People is available from 18 June 2015.