Seven Letters is a gripping novel that delves into the ties that bind a family together. A close knit family finds themselves plunged into an impossible situation after an unforeseen tragedy happens that threatens to shatter all they once held dear and stretch those once strong ties to breaking point.
Sarah and Mia are more than just sisters, they are best friends. So when Mia finds her sister collapsed the world as she knew it changes forever. Sarah is unresponsive and her medical team are being very reserved until the test results all come back, leaving the family in a state of panic. As time passes Sarah’s husband Adam begins to spiral into grief and it soon becomes apparent that he is willing to do anything to save his son, because Sarah is pregnant.
His obsession pushes the family to its limits, threatening to tear apart the once close ties that bound it together. Sarah’s father Charlie and her sister soon become distressed at Adam’s choices over Sarah’s future, but they are forced to take a step back as he holds the ultimate power as her next-of-kin.
As the tale unfolds the challenges of day to day life compound the problems the family already face: Sarah’s young daughter Izzy wants her mom to wake up; Mia’s clashes with her own teenage daughter Riley intensify; Mia’s jobless husband Johnny finds himself faced with a difficult choice to try and keep the family drama quiet; and Charlie’s new girlfriend oversteps the boundaries.
Mia seeks comfort in reading her sister’s diary, giving us insight into Sarah’s love for her family and ultimately peace with the decisions they have to make. Seven Letters is a heart-breaking story, but also one that will make you realise just how strong a family’s love can be.
Seven Letters is available from book stores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R290.
Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing this gripping read with me.