Review by Jane - In search of Lucy by Lia Fairchild
With an alcoholic mother who was rarely around but prone to violent
outbursts when she was, Lucy found herself being protector and carer for
her younger sister Katie. Life was very difficult for the girls but
while Katie grew up quite well adjusted and was able to meet someone and
fall in love, things were not so easy for Lucy. Choosing to stay home
to take care of Katie over going to
college meant Lucy wasn’t able to fulfil her dreams so when Katie fell
pregnant and moved away with her boyfriend Lucy was deeply hurt. The
sisters didn’t speak for almost five years until Katie became ill and
needed Lucy’s help.
Lucy was a likable and believable character
who sometimes made silly choices and was most definitely not perfect.
She had built a protective wall around herself, not letting anyone in
and hating to ask for help. I could totally understand why she had that
attitude, her start in life was really shitty, too many responsibilities
too young made her have to grow up before her time. Of course it would
mess with your head!! I’m glad she managed to put those demons to rest
in the end, even though it was a long time coming.
Fairchild clearly has the ability to tell a story, keeping her readers
hooked with realistic dialogue and a steady pace . There were a few
editing issues that I tried hard to ignore and because the story was so
engaging they did not ruin the read.