This book was released in June 2009 and having read snippets and reviews about it I knew I had to get it somehow. Well it did and it did not prove to be a disappointment at all.
Sarah is widowed at the age of 39 and childless. David dies in a kayaking accident. Those are the bare bones of the story or rather from where it starts. 3 months after his death Sarah sees David at a grocery store. For several pages I wondered whether it was a manifestation of Sarah's sorrow and disturbance at his sudden death, a ghost story being proven or what as David's appearance is not a one off. The unknowing feeling continues with the reader as Sarah on discussing it with several widows realizes her feelings are not unique. All of them have seen and talked to their husbands several times over a number of years. One is left nonplussed at this point.
The novel dealing with the feeling of loss and specially for Sarah of being all alone and having to come to terms with being alone are very descriptively dealt with by Brodie. The feelings of uncertainity for the reader continue to the very end because one is never ever going to see how this story is going to turn out. Brodie successfully keeps the suspence going to the end. It is only in the last ten pages that you do realize how and where the story is going. The story delves into relationships particularly marital and how miscommunication can doom a good marriage very easily.
I have not rated my reviews before this but on a scale of 5 this would be 4.5! A very very good read.