Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2020

The River Home by Hannah Richell. (2020).

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The River Home by Hannah Richell. (2020).

**5 out of 5 stars**

Margot didn’t want to go home. She had spent all her adult life trying not to look behind. But a text from her sister Lucy brought her back to Somerset. ‘I need you.’ As Margot, Lucy and their eldest sister, Eve, reunite in the house they grew up in beside the river, the secrets they keep from each other, and from themselves, refuse to stay hidden. A wedding brings them together but long-simmering resentments threaten to tear the family apart. No one could imagine the way this gathering would change them all forever. And through the sorrow they are forced to confront, there is a chance that healing will also come. But only if the truth can finally be revealed.

Well this one had me crying at the end…so yes, it’s quite heart-wrenching. Prepare yourself emotionally before reading! Eve, Lucy and Margot all have their respective issues in their personal lives and while they clearly love one another, they are all holding their secrets inside. The tension between their mother Kit and Margot is quite intense due to an incident that occurred years previously that gradually gets revealed, as does the horrific reason why that incident occurred. The secrets held by some of the family are quite traumatic and could trigger some readers if they have had similar experiences in their lives.
I loved this extremely well-written and absorbing family drama that by the end really tugged at the heartstrings.

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