This was the first title I've read by the best-selling author Nick Alexander. With over a thousand mainly positive reader reviews on Amazon, The Photographer's Wife is one of twelve novels he's published. The Case of the Missing Boyfriend was his first big Kindle hit, reaching number #1 in the Kindle chart and remaining in the top ten for over six weeks. It was the 27th best-selling ebook in the UK for the whole of 2011. In addition The Half-Life of Hannah has been named by Amazon UK as the 4th bestselling indie title of all time, and both it, The French House, and The Photographer's Wife have reached the Number One spot. I got this impressive information from Nick Alexander's Amazon author page which lists all his titles.
Actually I found The Photographer's Wife when I was browsing the Kindle Unlimited bestsellers and it was at number 2.
The book description was really intriguing:
"Barbara – a child of the Blitz – has more secrets than she cares to admit. She has protected her children from many of the harsh realities of life and told them little of the poverty of her childhood, nor of the darker side of her marriage to one of Britain's most famous photographers. With such an incomplete picture of the past, her youngest, Sophie, has struggled to understand who her parents really are, and in turn, Barbara sometimes worries, to build her own identity. When Sophie decides to organise a vast retrospective exhibition of her adored father's work, old photos are pulled from dusty boxes. But with them tumble stories from the past, stories and secrets that will challenge every aspect of how Sophie sees her parents."
The Photographer's Wife truly lives up to the hype: it is a fantastic novel.
The two strands of the story gradually unfold and come together. It's a tale of emotional highs and lows and the author skilfully draws the reader right into the minds of the characters. It's a difficult novel to set aside because the characters are so real and the dilemmas they experience so enthralling. From the stultifying, post-war, small town world of the opening chapters to the fashionable, contemporary art world of the story's conclusion, every page of The Photographer's Wife is a pleasure to read.