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As the book moved on though, I found myself disliking her slightly due to reasons I won't mention for fear of spoilers! It was definitely fast paced and written really well; the characters felt really familiar after the first 100 pages. Despite all the nastiness thrown at them, they've chosen to rise above it and make a better life for themselves.
Marianne goes on to be a role model/mother figure for Eve always offering good advice and being there for her when she needs it.Whether crime as in 'Till We Meet Again', historical adventure like 'Never Look Back', or the passionately emotive 'Trust Me', based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely. It's another subtle layer to the abusive relationship and as Eve sees the reactions of her children, as well as the threat of violence towards her son, that gives her the push she needs to seek help.
But needless to say, I saw a different side of Eve emerge and this continued for a good chunk of the book.Storytelling at its best from a great author who I have followed for years and read all her books and she never disappoints.