Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.
Faye knows her heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She also knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life.
Faye is left wondering how to move forward – and whether or not Jack’s best friend Ethan will let her down again. And the news of Jack’s death ripples through the lives of her friends too.
Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind. Poor Olivia is juggling her job and her boyfriend and trying to deal with a death of her own. And Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest, even though she never knew him.
Is Beth about to take her own life too?
The Second Cup is a roller coaster of emotions that centers around suicide and how it affects four friends each having personal issues of their own.
The story is told in first and third person which took me a little while to get used to, but once I became accustomed to Sarah Marie Graye’s style of writing, I can see why the different styles were necessary to the central line of the story. I was able to get more of an indepth look into each of the four friends. Faye is an artist who never really got over her first love, Jack. Often times she would see him in other people, only to be disappointed when they really were not Jack. Jack walked away from her seven years ago and she has not seen him since. Beth wants to live recklessly, but she is not reckless by nature. She buys a motorbike, but realizes that perhaps it may be too dangerous and decides to give it up. Olivia feels like the outsider of the group, and Abbie settles for a man and a marriage that she never really wanted. What happens between all four friends when Faye breaks the news that she finally found Jack, but he committed suicide and why does Beth take this news the hardest?
I will admit that I found The Second Cup very hard to start with for the first fifty pages or so, but after that the story really opened up to me and I felt myself finally connecting with each of the women and being able to sympathize and relate to some of the issues they were facing as a group and individually. Mental health is just one of those topics that no one ever wants to talk about and sarah Marie Graye does it in such a way that is realistic and told from the heart. Depression, unhappy marriage, and suicide are just some of the topics that are touched upon in the story and we can see that the author takes such great care in expressing how these issues affect not only these women, but many other people as well. We really get to see how Jack’s suicide impacted each of these women individually and I found myself sympathizing with each of them. I especially loved the interviews at the end and it was really a nice added touch to see what happened for each of the characters once the story ended.
The Second Cup is Sarah Marie Graye’s debut novel. It is beautifully told with real life issues and real life pain. I am so glad I had the chance to read it as the story really takes on some heavy hitting subject matter that will suck you right in and pull every emotion out of you. I found myself really caring for these women and I know you will too.
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Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester in 1975, to English Catholic parents. To the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing, until aged nine, when she was diagnosed with depression.
It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision, including the one to write a novel.
Sarah Marie wrote The Second Cup as part of an MA Creative Writing practice as research degree at London South Bank University – where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder.
Sarah Marie was diagnosed with ADHD in November 2017 and published an extended edition of The Second Cup in February 2018 that included character interviews so she could diagnose one of her characters with the same condition.
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