By Francesca Jakobi
Would you let her in? A darkly compelling, brilliantly moving novel perfect for fans of Zoe Heller, Liane Moriarty, Harriet Lane and Louise Doughty.
'Brilliantly paced, moving, thoughtful and sharp. Loved it.' Renée Knight, author of Disclaimer
'Gloriously sinister and yet heartbreaking. Brilliant' Nicci Cloke, author of Close Your Eyes
It's 1969, and while the summer of love lingers in London, Gilda is consumed by the mistakes of her past. She walked out on her beloved son Reuben when he was just a boy and fears he'll never forgive her. Yet she hopes desperately they can mend their shattered relationship.
When Reuben marries a petite blonde gentile, Gilda takes it as the ultimate rejection. Her cold, distant son seems transformed by love - a love she's craved his entire adult life. What does his new wife have that she doesn't? It's an obsession that will bring shocking truths about the past to light . . .
Bitter is a beautiful and devastating novel about the decisions that define our lives, the fragility of love and the bond between mother and son.
Francesca studied psychology at the University of Sussex, followed by a stint teaching English in Turkey and the Czech Republic. On returning to her native London she got a job as a reporter on a local paper and has worked in journalism ever since. She's currently a layout editor at the Financial Times. Bitter is her first novel.
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08 Mar 2018
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Brilliantly paced, moving, thoughtful and sharp. Loved it — Renée Knight, author of DISCLAIMER
Gloriously sinister and yet, when you least expect it, quietly heartbreaking. Brilliant — Nicci Cloke, author of CLOSE YOUR EYES
This is an original and heartbreaking novel - beautifully written with such a powerful voice. I couldn't put it down — Chloë Mayer, author of THE BOY MADE OF SNOW
A beautiful, poignant and - at times - unsettling insight into motherhood: its triumphs and disappointments but, above all, its power to transform relationships. I loved it — Elisa Lodato, author of AN UNREMARKABLE BODY
Compelling and, in places, heartbreaking. A beautiful portrait of a mother's love — Joanna Barnard, author of PRECOCIOUS and HUSH LITTLE BABY
I hated Gilda at first, her judgemental, mean spirited view of the world. She seemed to be the kind of person I would run from at parties. Then, as time went on, this woman felt no longer bitter, but like someone I had come to love. Such clever storytelling . . . By the end I was running towards the finish line, desperate to see her come through — Amanda Smyth, author of BLACK ROCK and A KIND OF EDEN
A moving, powerful story of love, obsession, guilt, lies and the lengths we'll go to for a second chance — Tammy Cohen