Love, lies and family ties in this compelling and beautifully written fourth book by Jessica Duchen.
While the celebrated opera singer Terri Ivory is in hospital, facing what could be the end of her career, her daughter Julie stumbles upon a long buried secret that forces her to question her past and her place in her mother's affection.
In their cracked and empty house that no longer seems like a home, mother and daughter try to keep their closeness to each other and to the men they love: damaged Teo, whose passion for Terri borders on the self destructive, and Julie's first love Alistair who fails to predict the consequences of his decision to join the army.
FINDING YOUR VOICE
When calamity strikes, all four must make vital choices to find their way forward. Can love and music heal when medicine cannot And are there some secrets that should never be shared
'Jessica Duchen writes about families, the arts and their sometimes devastating combination with such skill and passion that her books are unputdownable. It is very rarely that I find a new writer whose work I love so much.' - Katie Fforde
'This is a very well written study of the problem of being and having a child prodigy . . . it's a gripping read and it's very easy to get caught up in the excitement of wanting Alicia to succeed . . . I enjoyed this book a lot' - Muso on Alicia's Gift
'Jessica Duchen's debut novel is captivating, imaginative and fascinating . . . The pace builds powerfully to a dramatic and ultimately very moving conclusion. Completely gripping!' - Tasmin Little on Rites of Spring
'Jessica Duchen has crafted a riveting drama set within the arts world . . . For fans of Joanna Trollope and Russian composers alike.' - Classic FM Magazine on Rites of Spring
'Startlingly original book . . . [Duchen's] story is not just a tale of universal human emotion but a symphony to the offbeat melodies of modern life' - Lancaster Evening Post
Jessica Duchen was born in London and grew up with music and writing as twin passions. She has written for publications including The Independent and BBC Music Magazine and as music journalist has interviewed most of today's greatest musicians. Her books include biographies of the composers Gabriel Faure and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. As a pianist she plays in a duo with her violinist husband. They live in south-west London.