TGIF book friends!
Delighted to share with you today my review for this dark domestic drama! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the blog tour and to Tracy Scott-Townsend for her wonderful words!💛🧡
A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who’s spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex. They lurch from one poverty-stricken situation to another until Rebecca is hospitalised with exhaustion. While there, she has an illness-triggered hallucination which entangles her deeper than ever into her mother’s psyche. As an art student, Rebecca can’t understand why she is repeatedly impelled to paint a white horse in a blue landscape. And then there is the boy with yellow hair who she glimpses from the corner of her eye.
Bex’s life was frozen by a shocking tragedy when she was nineteen. Her ‘great grief’ caused her to make a decision which nobody must ever find out about. Rebecca has been implicated in her mother’s lies since the moment of her birth, a fact that her father, Jack, has no inkling of.
As Rebecca gets to know her father’s new family, the gap between her and her mother widens. The mystery of Bex’s dark past comes into focus when an old woman she has never met contacts Rebecca, claiming to be her grandmother.
The thunder of hooves is getting closer for both Rebecca and Bex and the blond-haired boy is more and more often in Rebecca’s dreams. Can Bex continue to keep Rebecca in the dark about the circumstances of her birth, or will the final twist in her tail set Rebecca free to make a new life of her own?
Adapted from a short story written by the author when she was an art student, Another Rebecca was inspired by the painting There is no Night by Jack B. Yeats.
This was a poetically told clever story that was absolutely nothing like I had anticipated… this really was the story of Rebecca and her mother “the other Rebecca, “ Becks… it is about the unfortunate tragic truth of being raised by an alcoholic parent… this part of the story hits very close to home, my children unfortunately have an alcoholic father and it is not an easy road…. I was left to pick up the pieces and still carry a tremendous amount of guilt about all of this, therefore I really have very little sympathy for alcoholics… and I have to admit I spent a great deal of this book disliking Rebecca’s mother tremendously… this is not to say I did not like the story… I thought it was gritty, real, and raw when it came to the portrayal of an alcoholic, very well done…. I also like the fact that this book was based on a short story written by the author about a painting…. The writing style had an artistic feel to it almost poetic….
The first few chapters of this book were a bit convoluted, I had a hard time getting my footing in this book… but once I got used to the style it was quite enjoyable… told in three alternating points of view Rebecca, her mother, and her father Jack… rebecca’s voice was so haunting… what was up with the white horse and the boy with the yellow hair?
This book is a slow burn that you need to take your time with two thoroughly grasp…. I found it to be beautiful, heartbreaking, and dark… A compelling read I won’t soon forget!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tracey is a novelist, poet and fine artist. She has been writing since she was a child and often performed her poems standing on a bench in the school playground. Inevitably, she didn’t quite ‘fit in’ at school.
Her books are: The Last Time We Saw Marion, (2014, Inspired Quill) Of His Bones (stand-alone sequel to The Last Time We Saw Marion, 2017, Inspired Quill) and The Eliza Doll (2016, Wild Pressed Books). Another Rebecca was originally published by Inspired Quill in 2015, and is to be re-released by Wild Pressed Books in September 2018.
Tracey is the mother of four grown children. She spends a lot of time travelling in their camper van with her husband, Phil, their two rescue dogs Luna and Pixie and the cat, Pheoby.
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