Book Review | The Way from Here, Jane Cockram

Goodreads Blurb:

Growing up, the Anderson sisters could not have been more different. Susie, the wild one, had an adventurous life while Camilla— Mills—followed a safer path. When Susie suddenly dies, Mills falls apart. Until she receives a bundle of mysterious letters from her estranged sister to be read in the case of her death. Each letter instructs her to visit a place special to Susie, both to spread her ashes but also to uncover some truths Susie has long kept hidden from her family.

One family, three very different women. What choices and secrets connect them? In this novel of truth and lies, concealment and regret, Jane Cockram flips the looking glass to expose our true face, revealing the deep lines of deception that can run through families and how the people we love the most often have the most to hide.

My Thoughts:

I am so glad that this one popped up on my radar, The Way from Here was a wonderful read. Emotional and tense in all the right places with a clever, slowly unfolding mystery that kept me guessing right to the end. I loved how this story focused on multiple generations from the same family with secrets and lies nearly everywhere you turn. This novel is a great insight into how everyone, no matter how seemingly perfect, has something to hide – whether they want to hide it or not.

One of my favourite things about this novel are the relationships, especially the familial ones. The relationship between the two sisters – no matter how strained – was what really drew me into the story. As a sister myself, I know how intense that relationship can be, in both a positive and negative sense. This made the letters written by Susie, the main character Camilla’s sister, before her death even more emotionally charged – even with the strangeness off the request that is included in these letters.

The letters made up one part of the multiple perspectives throughout the novel, these covered multiple time periods as well which took a little bit to get used. I found I tuned in to the tone of each perspective once I was used to it. The multiple perspectives allowed the mystery to slowly unravel itself, both from the readers perspective and from Camilla’s too. I loved the inclusion of the letters themselves adding a third main perspective that helped to answer as many questions as it created for Camilla as she read.

This novel was cleverly plotted and emotionally intricate – a study of family secrets and what they can do to the relationships within it. It is written in such a way that it starts off slow and ambling in a beautiful way with the beginning of Camilla’s trip, but the pace soon quickens until it felt for me that it was twist after twist in a cluster at the end. I felt this worked though, and amplified Camilla’s feelings over everything she had just found out.

I love the way that Cockram writes. She paints a beautiful picture of mostly idyllic surroundings, further emphasising the confusion and hunger for understanding that the characters were experiencing. The characters were all believable and multi-layered, with some that I even grew to dislike as people with how their actions created a ripple effect through the family the story followed. I recommend this novel to anyone who loves a beautifully written, multi-generational mystery with genuine characters and a clever plot.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for sending me this free eARC (eAdvanced Reader Copy). I am leaving this review voluntarily. This title will be published 2nd March 2022.

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