Friday, September 25, 2020

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle


Strangers living worlds apart,
Strangers with nothing in common.

But it wasn’t always that way...

Kerry Hayes is a single mum, living on a tough south London estate. She provides for her son by cleaning houses she could never hope to afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot ever forget her past.

Noah Martineau is a successful barrister with a beautiful wife, daughter and home in fashionable Primrose Hill. Adopted as a child, Noah always looks forward, never back.

When Kerry reaches out to the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children, she sets in motion a chain of events that will have life changing consequences for them both.

I read this as part of the Perfect Strangers Read Along on Instagram and the book was Picked by Becky over at Beckys_book_reviews.

The book centres around the 2 main characters Kerry and Noah, and the chapters move from each persons point of view, from the present to the past. Kerry has been writing letters to the Adoption agency for Noah for along time, so when he goes looking for her he will get them. This doesn’t happen though, and he doesn’t know she exists until she finds him a long time after. 

Noah is grown, a barrister and has a family of his own, going through their own troubles, so will a long lost sister make things better or worse? How should he tell his family, his wife, his parents? Kerry is also facing her own hardships, raising a son alone, his father a deadbeat who drops in and out of his life as and when he sees fit. She works as a cleaner for rich people who live in big houses, and even though she isn’t embarrassed of her home, which is very clean and beautifully decorated, she doesn’t want Noah finding where she lives. 

The story is so nice, a lovely easy read, which honestly had me in tears by the end (I swear I had to hide in the kitchen as I was sobbing), so grab your tissues for the final quarter of the book. To be honest I kind of knew what was coming, but that didn’t take anything away from the story at all. It grips your heart, pulls it around a little, then puts it back full of warmth.

And as for Mikes other books, as Hamilton said ‘it’s not a question of if, but which one’



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