Title: Somewhere Inside of Happy
Author: Anna McPartlin
Release Date: April 7th 2016
Rating: 5 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher who gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow. Writing a review of 'Somewhere Inside of Happy' is not going to be easy. This is a book that made me laugh, made me cry and ultimately broke my heart. From the outset you know that Maisie Bean lost her teenage son, Jeremy, 20 years ago, but even so you find yourself desperately hoping that the outcome will be different. The characters come alive on the page and the use of language is remarkable and draws you in from the very first word.
I've reviewed books in the past and have said that they will stay with me for a long time to come and that the characters are unforgettable, but 'Somewhere Inside of Happy' is all of that and more. I feel bereft at having to say goodbye to Bridie, to Jeremy, to Rave, to Valerie, to Fred and to the unforgettable Maisie Bean. I didn't want it to end. I knew the denouement would be hard to read, but I had no idea just how much it would move me. That I would gasp out loud and cry buckets of tears, feeling every painful moment with Maisie and her family.
Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, 'Somewhere Inside of Happy' is a book that I will never forget. There are no words to describe just how much this book has moved me. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. Simply remarkable.