First Anniversary Blog Blitz: The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye

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First Anniversary Blog Blitz:
The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye

The Second Cup was originally published on 19 July 2017. The extended edition (includes character interviews) was published on 12 February 2018.
The Second Cup

This book was an interesting one; it had grabbed me originally by not only the cover with the butterflies in the jar but also the tagline - "Can someone else steal your suicide"? Well if Ryan's Bed by Tijan is anything to go by, we know that it's true. I wasn't sure what to expect, and I have to admit it was a confusing read as felt in quite a few places disjointed and seemed to go off on tangents. We have four unlikely friends - Faye, Beth, Abbie, and Olivia. All of whom their lives are at a stagnant feel. For Faye she never got over who love of Jack - he was the "one who got away", Beth is a weird one and dreams of her suicide often and how she would do it, Abbie has been married a couple of times and has decided this marriage she is in is a loveless one and Olivia is a doormat with a relationship that is now miserable and not going anywhere. Faye decides one day to go on the search for Jack and the results of her journey set a domino effect between her friends as their lives start to collapse. I did find it interesting how the author connected the characters together from Ethan who had connections to Abbie and Faye , to Beth whose dream suicide mirrors Jack's , Olivia who when visiting Beth in hospital spots the girl who made her life hell and led her to the guy she is currently with and also Olivia's connections to both Abbie and her first ex-husband Paul.
If you are in the mood for a slower paced women's fiction with a bit of edge, then check out Sarah Marie Graye "The Second Cup” and like most Women Fiction novels, The Second Cup has a series of discussion questions at the end of the book for readers.

Author bio

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.

Book blurb

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?

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