My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott

Review published on September 21, 2017.

My Mother’s Shadow is recommended for readers who also enjoy Kate Morton, which is me. I’m pleased to report that I agree with this and Nikola Scott is now an author whose future books I will look forward to reading.

This book is a dual time narrative story. The majority of it is made up of Addie telling us about the year that has passed since her mother’s death. They had a sometimes difficult relationship that Addie has never been able to understand the reason for, especially as her mother and her younger sister, Venetia, got along famously. So you can imagine that a long lost sister turning up out of the blue was a bit of a shock!

The other part of the story is Addie’s mother, Elizabeth’s, diary entries from decades earlier in the late 1950s, which nicely fill in the blanks in Addie’s first person narrative.

It’s a charming and beautifully written story. Not one to be rushed but one to take your time with and take in all the details of the cleverly woven tale. I loved following Addie on her journey of discovery, finding out more about her mother’s life and in turn examining her own hopes for the future. It’s my favourite kind of book I think, where two different times collide and where secrets are uncovered.

There are lots of surprises and mysteries and I couldn’t always work them out which was nice. It’s an evocative account of coming of age in post-austerity Britain and of the consequences that actions can have many years down the line.

I found My Mother’s Shadow to be hugely pleasurable to read and a little bit heart-breaking. I’ll definitely be looking out for Nikola Scott’s next book.

Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes 5/5

My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott
Headline Review 9781472241160 pbk Sep 2017

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