Sometimes, the truth lies in fiction
It’s hard to be an American girl in 1957. Especially when your dad’s job means you have to move four thousand miles from home. Especially if you’d rather play baseball than wear a dress. Especially if you see your mom fraying a little more from anxiety each day. And especially if being five minutes older means you have to protect your fragile twin brother.
Still, Hedy Delaney loves her family, and she’s trying to make the best of her new life on a U.S. airbase in England. After all, her dad’s a war hero, her mother’s a beauty, and her brother’s a brainiac who writes stories about space travel. Then one tragic day, the unforeseen occurs and all three are ripped away, leaving Hedy alone with countless questions. What really happened on the airbase? What went on behind military closed doors? What were the secrets that could never be told? And how could any of it have led to her family’s destruction?
In her search for the truth, Hedy turns to a story her brother began months before he died. Deciding to finish what her brother started, Hedy begins to piece together what happened to her family. But whether she’s ready for what she’ll discover is another matter entirely.
A sweeping and turbulent family drama, How It Ends asks whether writing fiction can uncover fact, and if it’s ever better to let the truth remain hidden. Sometimes, it’s safer not to finish what you’ve started.
PAPERBACK OUT MAY 2nd 2019.
Gransnet Book of The Month, May 2019
BBC Suffolk Radio On-air Book Club Book of The Month, May 2919
‘Gripping, emotional, utterly engrossing.’ Lisa Ballantyne (author of The Guilty One)
‘Stunning writing and wonderful nuanced characterisation. I was hooked.’ Rosamund Lupton (author of Sister)
SUNDAY MIRROR: ‘An intense and brooding read, with a brilliantly claustrophobic sense of place.’
CANDIS: BEST FOR BOOK CLUB. ‘It’s an inspirational and compelling story.’
WOMAN & HOME: PICK OF THE MONTH. A ‘romantic mystery.’
PEOPLE’S FRIEND: ‘An emotional drama set around an American airbase in Suffolk and some strange goings-on behind the fence….A sensitive tale.’ Five Stars.
BEST: ‘A dark tale inspired by true events.’
Piatkus – UK
Flat Iron – US
Marabout – France