Postcards From a Stranger
A secret lies buried at the heart of her family—but it can’t stay hidden forever.
When Cara stumbles across a stash of old postcards in the attic, their contents make her question everything she thought she knew.
The story she pieces together is confusing and unsettling, and appears to have been patched over with lies. But who can tell her the truth? With her father sink...more
The only thing I didn't like about this novel was how negatively it por ...more
Cara looks after her demented father and one day, when she goes up to the attic where she was never allowed to go, she finds hundreds of postcards addressed to her and her brother. She tries to find out what's been hidden from her for all these years. ...more
I enjoyed “Post Cards from a Stranger” very much. I absolutely love the way it was written by Imogen Clark. It wasn’t exactly a fast page turner, but more of a gradually evolving story — getting more interesting with every chapter.
It’s a story about a family of two children who live with their father, Joseph and they are told early in their life that their mother died. When they get older, the daughter Cara, begins to have questions about her mother. At the same time, the father has a very serio ...more
What a lovely book this is...heartbreaking and sweet, with a great ending I didn't see coming.
The story is told from different perspectives and in different timelines by members of the same family. Cara, believing her mother died when she was 2 years old, is now in her 30's and looking after her father who is suffering from Alzheimer's. The way her feelings are described is very realistic: the irritation, the guilt, the claustrophobia and the love ...more
The author Imogen Clark has tried to bring twists and suspense and a sense of family to this clearly difficult topic of bullying in a ...more
The story is about a family whose mother presumably past away when Cara and her brother were very young. The father was left with 2 children to raise. He tried his best, but had one rule. They must never enter the attic. The children never did. Now the father is old and his health ...more
I received a free electronic copy of this modern British novel from Netgalley, Imogen Clark, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank ...more
This is a poignant and emotional tale of family secrets and lies. A controlling father and a distant brother and a dutiful daughter make up the family dynamic. Cara is the daughter who struggles to juggle her wedding dress business whilst caring for her father who suffers with Alzheimers.
I loved Cara, her gentleness and her artistic ability, her relationship with her best friend and the way she saw the best in people. I will definitely look for more books by this ...more
What a read! Such an emotional rollercoaster. This is my first read by Imogen Clark and she writes in such a way that the story sucks you in, consumes you and makes you feel you’re actually a part of it. Her writing style flows easily, willing you into a plethora of emotions that could quite easily be your own life. I’ve laughed and I’ve cried so much. This could be you, or it could be me!!!! I can’t help but think that ...more
Themes of loss and Alzheimer’s, taking care of a parent who wasn’t the best parent is a huge challenge. Joe the father went from taking no care of the children to being a single parent. He was not a good father. Annie’s father was even worse. Years of abuse and neglect leaves ...more
I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Cara and Mrs P, her father’s nurse. I don’t want to give too much away but I also loved Cara’s persistence and determination to find out more and track down people overseas.
Unlike many books, the last few chapters were a crescendo and brought the story to a satisfying conclusion rather than a rushed/abrupt ending.
My firs ...more
This is the kind of book that I really enjoy, a story that could happen to you or someone you know, the big things that happen in small, ordinary lives.
Cara is caring for her dad, who has dementia. Previously, he was a difficult man and as a reader I had trouble reconciling my feelings for his previous incarnation with the broken man he is now. Like Cara, I had to accept that, whoever or whatever he had been, that person is gone an ...more
My only negative comment is about the ending.. SPOILER... why does she need to find a husband and have a child to be happy? I mean, this is a woman who leaves the comfort of her home and flies to San Francisco to discover the truth about her family's past an ...more
Later, she finds out that what she thought the postcards meant was not the truth at all and she is completely shocked all over again.
She goes on a mission (alone because ...more
There are books where this is successful but I think it would be better to stay in one characters POV for ...more
POSTCARDS FROM A STRANGER and THE THING ABOUT CLARE both reached the top of the Amazon Kindle Charts in the UK and Australia and WHERE THE STORY STARTS has be ...more