Faye knows her heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She also knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life.
Faye is left wondering how to move forward – and whether or not Jack’s best friend Ethan will let her down again. And the news of Jack’s death ripples through the lives of her friends too.
Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind. Poor Olivia is juggling her job and her boyfriend and trying to deal with a death of her own. And Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest, even though she never knew him.
Is Beth about to take her own life too?
What I Thought:
I do like a book with an interesting premise and the strapline on The Second Cup – ‘Can Someone Else Steal Your Suicide’ – definitely got me interested.
What struck me first about the book is that it focuses on a group of women – obviously men play a large part in their stories, but the voices are theirs and the relationships among the group are those which any woman with a small circle of friends will recognise. Each member of the group fulfills a unique role – be it caregiver, or the one who needs extra handling, but the dynamics are interesting throughout and it’s revelatory to see just how each responds in a time of crisis.
For a book with that strapline, it’s clear that there is a spotlight on the mental health of the characters but, most likely due to the author’s own diagnosis of depression, it is handled with sensitivity and a great level of understanding. Never mawkish or sensationalised, depression is addressed as a part of life and never put into the terms we very often hear of it being a battle to be won or lost.
Although a tragic events weave through the story, I look on this book very much more as a character-led piece – it is the characters’ reactions to situations that provide the drama, rather than the events themselves and as the book progresses and we see positive change among the group, it’s really heartening.
I always say that ‘enjoy’ is the wrong word when reading books that address important subjects but, while there are some sections that are hard to read, there is much to enjoy in the book. Beth’s character for instance was a great character to read and proof in a way that we can never really know what is going on inside a person’s head.
I would definitely recommend The Second Cup as, as I have said, you will struggle to find a book with such a strong group of women that so sensitively addresses mental health issues.
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