This was another interesting story by the author and as you all know I am a huge fan.
‘Other People’s Marriages’ follow three friends who met as young married women and formed a strong bond which involved their husbands and children. The friendship between Steph and Evie breaks when a disagreement ensues between Evie’s husband and Steph. They go their separate ways until 20 years later, Steph receives a letter from Evie proposing a reunion. While Steph is glad to reunite with Evie after all this time, it suddenly makes their friend Teresa uncomfortable as this may open up old secrets that will create utmost chaos for all concerned. This is a story about friendship, secrets, betrayal, love, life’s seasons, forgiveness and freedom.
This was yet another page-turner by the author. As you may already know, one of my favorite contemporary fiction troupes are stories centered around marriage and family life and this book had it all. Kerry Fisher never fails to provoke your thoughts and challenge you in many ways and with this book, there were many things to think about. What does loyalty in friendship really look like? Would I prefer for my friend to keep a secret from me because she wants to protect me, or I would rather she tells me? What if I was that friend, what choice would I make? These questions and more kept me thinking hard. Also, this story gave me food for thought about how our characters can change for the better or worse as we grow older especially with respect to our relationships with family or in marriage. Sometimes, the strong ones end up becoming the weakest link and the weak ones gather strength after being beaten down for so long and finally become the champions. Never underestimate anyone or believe that you are too hard to break. You may be shocked eventually. There are so many lessons in this story, I hope to read it again.
If you love family dramas and deep thought-provoking themes, then you may like this book. I highly recommend.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Published: July 16th, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Kerry Fisher is the bestselling author of five novels, including The Silent Wife and The Secret Child. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. She is married with two children and her dog.