Secrets and judgements at weekend wedding

January 23, 2015
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Someone Else’s Wedding,

by Tamar Cohen (Random House, RRP $38):

Fran is in her mid-forties and having a weekend away with her husband and two adult daughters at the wedding of a family friend.

She is the first person narrator and, as such, we can see the flaws in her thinking that take her a lot longer to discover for herself.

It is soon obvious that there are cracks in Fran’s marriage, that she has a much deeper relationship with the groom than is proper, and that she is still in deep mourning for her still-born daughter who would now be two.

Add to this the anonymous text messages telling her to stay away and a few pointed remarks from some of the groom’s family.

It is also interesting to see Fran meeting new people and making value judgements and assumptions which are altered over the weekend as she discovers more about them.

The climax comes in the middle of this tale and I enjoyed the second half much more than the first. A thoroughly good read once I got into it.

This is critically acclaimed author Tamar Cohen’s third novel.

Naida Mulligan

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