Mary has a secret that she mustn’t tell. But in a care home, with her mind wandering, she’s starting to slip up. Clearing out her grandmother’s old room, Lucy finds something hidden that wasn’t supposed to be found – a locket sheltering a shameful family secret.
She can’t tell her mother. Not with their father gone, one brother absent and another acting up. Her mother was struggling with her mental health just a few years ago. Lucy will have to make sense of it all herself.
In a beautifully told drama of family secrets, Helen Stancey once again picks through the everyday of life to uncover poetry, pain and ultimately love.
‘A tender, and uplifting exploration of the mysteries and meaning of family, for three generations of women striving to fulfil their destinies.‘ — Rebecca Fraser, author and journalist
‘Relative Secrets is a beautifully observed exploration of the power and pain of family secrets, both past and present. Concealed truths surround each family like a web, but, once discovered, are they better revealed or kept hidden?‘ — Emma Timpany, author of Travelling in the Dark
‘Helen Stancey’s style is beautifully immediate and natural, as if you were looking over the author’s shoulder, watching and listening, rather than reading. In this gripping saga of family secrets, Helen displays the storyteller’s gift of creating lively, sympathetic characters, and a plot that flows with a well-crafted rightness and inevitability. A highly relatable book.’ — Fiona Vigo Marshall, author of Find Me Falling