The Other Son and Let the Light Shine by Nick Alexander

The first novel by Nick Alexander that I read was The Photographer's Wife. 

It's really good and my comments are here if you would like to read them although the formatting of the post seems to have become a little odd with the passing of time. During my blog's hibernation period I've read some more books by this marvelous author.

The Other Son is another great novel from Nick Alexander

The characters are so real that within a few chapters I felt like they were people I'd actually met. The author has a remarkable ability to get into the heads of older characters especially Alice.

From the book description:

Alice has been lying to herself for years, holding fast to the belief that the needs of her family far outweigh her own. But her outwardly successful marriage hides dark secrets, and for much of her life, the children were the only reason she stuck around. These days, though her successful banker son lives nearby, his young wife seems to do everything she can to keep Alice at bay. As for Alice's other son, he has always been something of a stranger and has been traveling for so long that Alice isn't even sure what continent he is on anymore. Alice can't help but wonder if the effort she expends presenting a united front to the outside world is actually helping anyone and what would happen if she suddenly stopped pretending. Could life, like the novels she devours, hold surprises in its closing chapters? And if she did shake everything up by admitting the truth about her marriage, would anyone be on her side? Has the time finally come for Alice to put her own needs first? For the first time in years, her heart is racing. Can Alice really change her life? Dare she even imagine such a thing?
I loved the way the author plays with the reader's feelings towards the characters by presenting contrasting facets of their personalities from the viewpoint of different characters.
The story-line is riveting and this is one of those books you're sorry to finish.
Although highly entertaining the novel gives you plenty to think about and lingers on for several days after finishing it.
You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover

The Other Son (Christmas Bonus):
A short-story length sequel for The Other Son

which tells you what happened next.
What a good idea!
The main novel reaches a satisfying conclusion leaving the reader to speculate over future developments.
The outcome as described here is unexpected and highly enjoyable to read.
It says on the book description that this short novel will be offered free of charge for 5 days every quarter so that's worth looking out for once you've read the main novel.

I went on to read
Let the Light Shine
and although I've enjoyed each of the Nick Alexander novels I've read,  this is the best yet. 

It's a serious book which deals with some important contemporary issues but it is so readable. I read it with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and could hardly put it down.
Penny and Victoria are about as different as two siblings can be, one with a smart London lifestyle, the other struggling to make ends meet.
But they are joined by more than blood, and their shared past is affecting the present more than they realise.
When events begin to tug at the fabric beneath which dark secrets are hidden, the resulting chaos threatens to tear the two families apart. 
Could there be aspects of the past that youngest child Penny doesn’t remember?
Could the truth of Marge be more complex than the beloved mother the girls choose to perceive?
And could the true story of Christmas 1975 be the key to understanding Victoria, Marge, and much much more?
The characterisation is fantastic and the main characters' development as the story unfolds is remarkably good. The twists and turns of the plot make for an entertaining and engaging read with an ultimately very satisfying ending. Stunningly good!

Details of all his novels are on Nick Alexander's Amazon Author Page.