Swimming Lessons – Claire Fuller

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband Gil about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. 

Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he’s getting older and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid. But what Flora doesn’t realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. – Goodreads.com

I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is satisfying from the very first chapter. Written from current and past perspectives, through Flora’s thoughts and Ingrid’s letters it gives great insights to the secrets of the mind.

I personally love letters in novels. They’re incredibly personal and somehow easier to spill your guts in which really lets us dig into all the buried truths of the characters.

This novel was so raw and honest, heart breaking and hopeful and a little bit insane (just like all of us). It’s always confronting when the hidden side of a person comes to light and family secrets are revealed.

I urge any woman who has loved a man to read this novel.


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