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    Astute and Compelling Read!

    What a delicious read about family dynamics and consequences of keeping secrets! Frank Martell finds out, quite by accident, that he has a grown-up son and sets off from his home in France to find his mother in London. However, a fatal heart attack in Heathrow airports ends his quest. There is no way Frank could have known the rumpus his discovery causes with both his natural daughter - estranged, and the Griffin family where the boy and his mother are ensconced in family life. This is an enticing read; the author has a keen eye for the fragility of family relationships and how the ups and downs of everyday life affects this. The Griffins are no ordinary family though - mother Kathleen and son Scott - or Sonny, as he is known - are both actors, whilst father Walter is a war photographer and daughter Lauren is involved in the technical side of films. As their lives become entwined with Jem, the only daughter of Frank, who comes to warn them about the genital heart condition which affected her father, the effects ricochet through each of them. We find out in retrospect what happened in the past to the main characters and what kind of person Frank was.  My attention never wandered from this one .. it is a compelling read and one I enjoyed from first to last. The characters - good or bad - are all true to life; the circumstances they all find themselves in are believable too and the result is an attention grabbing read which made me desperate to find out where it was all heading. I'm delighted that, at the end of the book, everything was neatly finished off and every question raised was satisfactorily answered. A really rewarding read, and another author to watch out for in future. Another 5* read!

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