The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye
The Second Cup is a contemporary women’s fiction novel by Sarah Marie Graye.
Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.
University was years ago, but Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love from her days as a student. She knows Jack might have moved on, but when she decides to try and track him down nothing prepares her for the news that he’s killed himself.
With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything – including why Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?
The Second Cup is the first novel by London South Bank University postgraduate scholarship holder Sarah Marie Graye.
A Word from the Author
You’ve killed yourself in your dreams.And now someone else has committed suicide in the same way. Only they’ve done it in real life.
Beth shouldn’t be falling apart; it’s Faye’s true love who has killed himself, not hers. But the way Jack died is filling her head with noise. Will Jack’s actions push her over the edge? And what about Faye? Is Ethan the reason she’s coping? And is she really coping – on the inside? Why does Abbie need to walk away at the moment Beth needs her the most? And is the usually timid Olivia strong enough to support them all?
The Second Cup follows the lives of four friends as they each struggle to come to terms with Jack’s suicide.
(Sarah Marie Graye, August 2017)
I rarely read women’s fiction and I felt somewhat apprehensive before I started reading the book, but after a couple of chapters I couldn’t put it down – the story is that enthralling.
Sarah Marie Graye has crafted very interesting characters; you have these four friends: Faye, Beth, Olivia and Abbie. They are very believable characters masterly fleshed out by the author. They have their quirks, early life traumas to cope with – their own marked personalities that sometimes clash with each other but they overcome all problems and stick together helping one another no matter what – what real friendship is about and these days this is getting rarer and rarer! This novel won’t leave you indifferent it will make you think about life, death, relationships and all that surrounds you. It certainly did that for me, during the day I found myself thinking about Faye, her friends and their dilemmas!
I like the way Sarah has put the novel together, from each chapter we get a different character POV and this is one of the reasons I find the novel so interesting because you can go into the mind of the different characters we then we can appreciate how good the author is at weaving all the story together.
The plot is centered around Faye and a lost love, she suffered greatly with this loss and she never completely overcomes it and one day after an incident she decides to look for that man and see how’s he doing…