I enjoyed reading this novel, partly because the majority of events are set in Beckenham, where I now live. There is definitely a unique pleasure to be gained from knowing the actual routes the characters are walking along. There is depth and nuance to Nessa's own story; growing up in care, the secrets she's kept from her sister, and the deep love she feels for Jake. Thompson shows an ability to create a fully formed character that the reader can empathise with.
The author approaches difficult themes of PTSD, grief and trauma with sensitivity, but I couldn't help but feel these serious themes were somewhat undermined by the contrived romance of the story. In fact, it felt a little like the book was attempting to fit a market (chick lit), when in fact, it would have been better if the weighty issues addressed were allowed to stand alone. Overall, this is a book which didn't quite live up to its blurb.