Postcards From a Stranger
A secret lies buried at the heart of her familybut it cant 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 sinking...more
The only thing I didn't like about this novel was how negatively it ...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.
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
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 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 youre 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. Ive laughed and Ive cried so much. This could be you, or it could be me!!!! I cant help but think that ...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
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 ...more
I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Cara and Mrs P, her fathers nurse. I dont want to give too much away but I also loved Caras 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 first ...more
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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 and ...more
#postcards from a stranger
Cara grows up without a mother. Her mom died when she was little. Her dad and brother take care of her. She is forbidden to look in the attic, her dad said its too dirty up there.
One day as an adult, while caring for her dad who has alzheimers, she starts going through the stuff in the attic. She stumbles upon a box of postcards.
Who wrote them and why did her dad keep them?
This takes her on a journey filled with secrets ...more
I have now read it in full. It is a heart-breaking story rife with examples of good and bad human relationships. The message I got from the book was that it was a series of lessons about relationships and choices, a challenge to look at the relationships in one's own life. Others may see it as purely a story. I'm fortunate in that I have never known people ...more
I love books about family secrets and I love mysteries and this cracking read offers both. I enjoyed the way the book is structured alternating between Cara trying to uncover the truth about the hidden postcards in the present and flashbacks of her mothers past. My grandmother had Alzheimers and this is tackled with great dignity in this book. Caras father reminds me a lot of my grandmother and it was heart-breaking to read at times. Cara is a great ...more
The story is of her search for the truth behind her current situation. Although, I don't feel she ever comes to terms with it or the reality, she does seem to develop an unsettled acceptance ...more
There are books where this is successful but I think it would be better to stay in one characters POV for ...more
This book has all the ingredients for a really enjoyable read: it is well written, the plot keeps up the tension throughout, it was believable and it addressed a few issues along the way without being too obvious about it.
Cara is the first-person narrator who is caring for her aging father who has early onset Alzheimers. I felt immediately engaged with Cara and her situation and how she would manage. We discover how she came to her current circumstances through a series of ...more
Lets get the clichés out of the way:
Thats all you need to know about this brilliant book. Buy it! Read it!
Thats it my shortest review, ever.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 ...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 ...more