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see alternate cover hereWould 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 starisee alternate cover hereWould 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?...

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  • Whispering Stories
    2020-01-25 09:05

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comThe Second Cup is a heart-wrenching tale of the devastation that depression can cause, not only for the sufferer, but for those around them too, starting with the suicide of Jack. Throughout the book you get to witness first hand the domino effect that his death had on his friends, Faye, Abbie and Olivia as we get to read about how their life changed after his death.I’m not normally a lover of multiple POV’s, in fact, I try to stay away from them as much as possible. I’ll be perfectly honest had I realised at the time that this book was told through multiple voices I most likely wouldn’t of read it, meaning I would of missed out on a brilliant piece of literature.The story is emotional, and I can quite honestly say you might need a tissue with you when reading, as the tears can stream at a moments notice. Some of the scenes made me feel like I had been punched in the stomach, the writing is that raw.Every time I tried to put it down I was drawn back to the book, it had most definitely hooked me. It’s not an easy read by any means. It is a difficult subject to write about, but Ms. Graye is obviously very knowledgeable on the subject matter and has created this beautiful story set in the world of mental health and depression with care and compassion.I love how the author ends the story with the final chapter told from Jack’s POV, giving you a chance to witness his final moments.

  • booksofallkinds
    2019-12-29 14:09

    THE SECOND CUP by Sarah Marie Gray is an emotional, thought-provoking debut novel that centres around the sensitive topic of suicide and depression.Faye has never completely forgotten about her University sweetheart Jack and has decided too much time has passed since they were last in contact. But when she tracks him down she is heartbroken and shocked to learn that Jack has killed himself. Discussing it with her other old friends leads each of the other characters on their own journeys as they try to comprehend what has happened - Abbie begins to question her marriage, Faye is determined to find Jack's best friend Ethan, Olivia doesn't know what to think anymore, and Beth takes Jack's death the hardest of all.This novel is raw and tough to read at times as every character's emotions come to the surface and you cannot help but feel their pain and despair. The story is told from different character's points of view, which although a little confusing at the beginning, soon flowed really well and let you get to know everyone on a much deeper level. THE SECOND CUP by Sarah Marie Gray delves into what it is like for those that are left behind when someone takes their own life and in my opinion handles it deftly and carefully, and this is a story that will make you feel and value those you love more than anything else. This novel is a solid and powerful debut and I will certainly read more from Sarah Marie Gray.*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the blog tour organiser.

  • Yvonne
    2020-01-24 07:23

    From the synopsis we are told this book is about a suicide, the devastation it causes to those left behind.  How a group of friends have lived their lives before and since the event.  But for me it is more than the suicide, and please don’t for a moment think I am playing that down and being disrespectful when I say this.  The suicide is part of the story, but I feel the story is more than that.The story is told from five viewpoints, they each explain their lives from childhood, to University and beyond.  They all seem to have something that is missing from their lives, it is like a void.  They are fragile but they have strength, support and the bond of friendship that keep them moving forward.  Sarah has explored this aspect very well and the message I seem to be seeing is, if people really expressed their thoughts and feelings to those concerned it could make a difference.  Sometimes you cannot see what you have got in life to be thankful for, sometimes it is staring you in the face, other times it has always been there and you have never noticed until it is no longer there.This story did take me a while to get into, but once I had met the five characters and understood their role within the group it was all good.  It was an intruding and quite deep and dark at times and Sarah has done a great job of giving each several different traits that make them recognisable as you read.  In having many POV’s you are given a much fuller picture of the story as well as their thoughts and feeling to each other.I have a feeling this is a book that different readers will take different things from, I think there are elements from characters that some readers will identify with.  I will mention that there are mentions in this of unhappy childhoods, depression and then also the suicide.  This may be a trigger for some readers, but for me I thought Sarah handled them well.  If you read Sarah’s bio you will see she has experience of depression and I think this is what makes this story a believable one.This is one I would definitely recommend to readers of Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction,  who like a slower paced, multi character lead read, that is well written and an emotionally deep and well thought out book.

  • Yesha
    2020-01-07 13:23

    *** Note: I received the review copy of the book as a part of blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author and Rachel’s Random Resources. ***The Second Cup is character driven women and literary fiction telling about friendship, loss, suicide, depression, emotions, and life experiences and mental conditions of characters. Story was set in Manchester, narrated by four main characters – Faye, Abbie, Beth and Olivia- revolving around their friendship, their past life stories, and what was going on in their life.Characters-Abbie– had a good job and good money but her married life was not working that well. Her second marriage was on the edge of breaking and she had drinking problem. Her childhood was not so much shiny. Initially I felt she was selfish and has habit of running away if something happened, but as story progressed I got to know more about her and later I found myself liking her. I haven’t expected her to change initially but she did. Her development was great in the book.Beth– was the connection and gravity in their friendship. She was adventurous but her sad nightmarish childhood had buried her strength to go after daredevil adventures, however it couldn’t bury the fire and so she had a habit of playing dares with herself to keep fire burning inside her. She was solid outside but inside her unfair childhood experience and biased parents were eating her. I liked her from the very beginning, but what happened to her on hearing Jack’s death was unexpected. Her character was little complex in the story but I could feel her pain and I liked her even more by the end of the book.Olivia– She was one sane and genuine among all four. She was kind-hearted, sweet and soft but she lacked self confidence and felt guilty for everything. She was into an insane relationship that made me angry, I felt like yelling at her for staying with such mucky person who was drowning her emotionally and mentally. I liked her ability to understand her friends and supporting them when needed. Development in her was slow but definitely amazing.Faye– here is my least favorite character. This lady had so much potential in her but it was sad to see that she wasted it all over a boy not just one but two. And they both were well I don’t want to spoil it for you guys so let’s just say she deserved a life better than those two could ever give her.All men in the story were so full of themselves. Okay, except Paul who was much better than all other. Matt was most disappointing. I felt for Olivia and I couldn’t understand initially why she was staying with him. Beth was right about him from the very start and also about her guilt stories.What I liked-Writing was really nice, it was different and new. Author drawn me slowly but steadily into the characters and it was hard to come out of their life once I was in. It took me four narration by each characters (a one round) to get into the book. On second round I got better idea what was going on. So I suggest take it slow.I liked that part about how they met each other, they were not in same school, university or job and still they met and became buddies. I loved voices of characters especially voice of Abbie and Olivia was amazing and entertaining. They draw me into them slowly and made me curious to knowing more about them. I liked reading their back stories, the problems in their life and how they were trying to understand each other, the situations they were into, and more importantly themselves- what they wanted in life and trying to come out better than what they experienced in the past.Oh and the city, trains, stations, streets, cafes, pub, all the description of the places were so vivid, it was like I was roaming the city I haven’t visited before. I also liked the tea chapters, telling about various types of teas and what they said about characters, connected to their nature and mood.All four characters were fragile and weak inside no matter how much they tried to show stronger outside, they were even feeling insecure in their little circle, afraid of losing their friendship. They all put forward their pain and sadness they experienced in childhood and life in a way that it was hard not to feel them. I came out of the book like I was part of their friendship.I think the story was not just about death of Jack, depression of Faye, mental struggle of Beth, unsuccessful marriage of Abbie, or unhealthy relationship of Olivia, it was more than all of these. It was about their fight in life, what they have gone through, and growing up and developing as a person, coming out of fragile state and becoming stronger mentally and emotionally, finding that one thing that makes life worth living.End was really good and I’m with all the changes in their life.why not 5 stars-Well, Faye and her actions were little hard to comprehend. Her whiny nature was not the only reason I didn’t like her, her selfishness and ignorance toward Beth was the main thing. I understood she felt bad that boys left her abruptly without giving reason, why she needed to find them and all, but I couldn’t understand her not looking back to her friends who supported her when she needed. I also didn’t like her voice in the book.Overall, it was more than what I thought it was about. It was steady paced, emotional, thought-provoking, touching women fiction that everyone would like to read.

  • Abbie
    2019-12-31 08:00

    Review to follow in January as part of the blog tour.

  • N.N. Light
    2020-01-10 07:05

    What happens to a group of university friends (or mates as the Brits say) when one of their own commits suicide? No one has heard from Jack in ages and at the same time that Faye decides to see what he’s up to, she gets the news that he killed himself. Crushed beyond belief, she goes to meet her three girlfriends at the pub. Faye, Beth, Abbie and Olivia all deal with the news in their own way and separate from the others.Faye goes on a trip to find Ethan, Jack’s best friend, and her friend as well. Abbie questions her life choices, her husband and deals with a mini-crisis of her own. Olivia is wracked with grief and wonders what will happen next. Beth, it seems, is hit the hardest. She just wants to escape the pain so she takes a pill and winds up in the hospital. Each woman has to come to grips with what happened to Jack and either embrace life or walk away.The Second Cup is an emotive portrait into depression, suicide and the utter despair loved ones feel after someone commits suicide. Six friends, each dealing with their own circumstances at a crossroad, trying to figure out which way to go. Four choose life, one death and one is undecided. A clear message of clinging to what’s important underlies the grief and sadness of losing someone.There are five POV’s which was confusing at the beginning but I understood why Graye choose multiple views. It brings us right in and as the reader, it’s what’s needed to connect with the five friends. The last chapter is Jack’s and while I’m still a little confused about why it’s in the book, it sheds some light on what led to Jack’s suicide.Brilliantly written, Graye takes an intense situation and instead of shying away from it, she strips away the bandage so we can see the raw, oozing wound. Depression is in every corner of the world and suicide rates are rising. This book sheds light on why we need to help those suffering from it in any way we can.Favorite Character/Quote:“There also seemed to be a calmness between her and the others that hadn’t been there before. Life was like one of Matt’s games and she’d made it to the next level: to adulthood.”My Rating: 4 starsThis review first appeared: https://princessofthelight.wordpress....

  • Juliet Bookliterati
    2020-01-11 13:23

    The Second Cup is a book about the power of friendship and taking charge of your life, and taking the chance to be happy. The book is narrated by the four female characters. Faye, is an artist who hasn't moved on from her first love from University, Jack. She is confident, and likes to be the centre of attention in the group friends. Olivia is the opposite to Faye, she is quiet , insecure and avoids any kind of confrontation, she finds it hard to trust and likes to stay in the background. Abbie is on her second marriage and has a good job, but she also has insecurities, mainly about her first marriage. Finally Beth, she is the glue that binds these friends together, the one that befriended each of them at difficult points in their life, when they were vulnerable, and brought them together. Beth hasn't has an easy life, she felt she didn't fit in with her family so her friends are her family, although they dont know about her dreams and mental health problems.At the centre of this book is the death of Faye's first love Jack. It is a catalyst in all their lives, a chance for them all to reconsider where they are and what really matters; a second chance and what the means to them. The reference in the title The Second Cup refers to drinking a from a pot of tea and savouring that second cup; throughout the book there are tea facts that are really interesting. In times of crisis the British always turn to a cup tea and Sarah Marie Graye uses that at times of reflection and change. The title could also refer to second chances; a chance for each of the characters to reassess their lives, and start over and take a second chance with their lives, have the courage to make the change and be happy.I found all the characters interesting and realistic; we all now friends or acquaintances like them. The only time we see all four together is their regular Friday evening meet up at the pub, their natural interaction means you feel you know them, that they could be a group you would find in your local pub.Sarah Marie Graye is a very descriptive writer in terms of feelings and characters, as well as place. I noted her like of insect metaphors and similes in the book; references to a tingling of the skin feeling like ants, a pier being like a centipede. The only thing I wasn't so keen on was the swap between the third person narrative and first person narrative in the chapters. I found this disjointed my reading experience as I had to check back to make sure I knew where I was with this. Some very difficult issues are raised in this book; suicide, bullying, miscarriage and divorce and dealt with in care and understanding, obviously well researched.The Second Cup is an engaging novel, with characters you will recognise and care about. A wonderful heartwarming read, inspite of the difficult topics raised, a book that will say with you after you finish the last page.

  • Susan Corcoran
    2020-01-15 08:55

    I would like to thank Sarah Graye and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC of The Second Cup in return for an honest review.The Second Cup is not an easy read at times, dealing with difficult issues such as depression, suicide and grief. It focus on the lives of a group of friends who have all reached a turning point and face choices that will affect the path they take and the friendship they share. But it is a worthwhile read and an enjoyable one at that. Though enjoying a book which focuses on such issues seems the wrong thing to say, maybe it should be more that it is rewarding and enlightening for the reader.Despite the difficult themes, it is a book written with a deep understanding of the problems faced by all the characters and gives us all hope that with support and a willingness to accept help, life doesn’t need to be hopeless or futile.The characters are all well rounded and highly likeable. Their flaws are understandable and help us to see the world from their point of view. The writer makes you care about the characters within the story and avoids the clichéd way some novels dismiss subjects like depression, while remaining open and heartfelt.The only thing that troubled me was the number of threads within the story. It’s not that it is difficult to follow; Sarah Grayle skilfully guides you through the interactions between the group of friends. I just felt personally that it would have been an even better story, if the narrative was tighter and there was more focus one or two characters, rather than four.But this is a very personal reaction and not an indication of the quality of the story and the reward gained from reading it. It is an ensured debut and I would certainly look forward to following the writer’s career and future books.

  • Fran
    2020-01-08 09:02

    A few too many characters and far too many interwoven entanglements to clearly follow. However, there was some lovely, powerful writing in this tale of a group of friends struggling to find their way in life.

  • Donna Maguire
    2020-01-17 08:15

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...This is a really well written hard hitting book about what is a taboo subject for some, it is handled with delicacy and the book really shows so well the impact and knock on effect that suicide can have. I have suffered from depression previously and know how hard that was when I was going through a rough spell due to being bullied at work. The book really made me think.I loved the layout of the book with the different chapters for the different points of views, it was very effective in telling the story. The characters of Faye, Beth, Olivia and Abbie are great and really well written and work so well together - it is excellent writing to bring them to life in the way the author has - four stars from me - a really good debut and made me feel really emotional at times.

  • Happy Booker
    2020-01-02 07:56

    The second cup is a woman’s fiction. It revolves around four friends and what they go through not only as a group but, also individually. As one member pursues her ex-lover, she begins to have deeper thoughts about her own life. Finding out that he has killed himself does not come easily to her. The thoughts of one, become epidemic and all friends begin to question their own life choices. One incident shudders the group, and that is when the story takes a turn evolving into this multi-diverse mesh of character development and intrigued notion of relationship dramas.As the author decided to use four women in the story, it was inevitable for each one to have their own personality and niche. I believe that part of the plot was accomplished quite well. What I found a little irritating was that the narration kept changing from first to the third person. While some may find this okay and acceptable, I find it confusing and unnecessary. That, of course, did not take away any intrigue from the storyline plot or its development. However, it made it confusing to follow, and sometimes it was hard to know who the story was talking about.Having said that, I enjoyed the dynamic between the girls, the relationship between them, and what transpired as their own individual growth challenges. I believe the author has great potential in creating good literature.The content also discusses sensitive topics such as depression, suicide, and other mental health issues. I would recommend this book to people that like a more serious take on real-life issues and relationships.

  • Louise
    2020-01-07 12:01

    When Jack's friends learn of his death through suicide it affects them all differently.It is rare that an author can articulate the type of pain inflicted through the act of suicide. In The Second Cup , Sarah Marie Graye does this, not through one voice, but four.I found the characters a little difficult to differentiate at first, due to the differing narratives and timescales. However, this is not to the detriment of the writer's beautiful prose.I enjoyed the tea references, they offered a dash of comfort within a tragic storyline.A marvelous debut by Sarah Marie Graye.

  • Alyson
    2020-01-01 10:59

    I enjoyed this novel mainly set in Manchester, and the following of four main women. At first I found it a little difficult to remember the four of them as different as they all have stuff going on in their lives - but by the end I can see how all four of them are dealing with different social or mental health issues and how they all react differently.

  • Becca McCulloch
    2019-12-26 09:24

    Interesting read about the impact our lives can have A beautiful crafted novel, dark and beautiful. The author drew the characters well and drags us through a pivotal moment that connects past and future. For some, tragedy leads to happiness. For others, the outcome isn't quite so clear. I was impressed by how absorbing I found this character-driven drama. Read my full review at: https://www.beccamcculloch.com/blank-...

  • Sheree
    2020-01-08 14:19

    This is not a genre I tend to read, I usually like the fluffy, romantic stuff and this story is certainly not that! the story is quite deep. It shows how suicide can effect so many people. The author brings across a sense of emotion throughout and you are forever walking with the characters and how they feel. I felt the author’s own experiences shone through. She had drawn from them, allowing the reader to have a deeper understanding to what the characters were going through. I like the fact that chapters are devoted to specific characters to avoid confusion. As mentioned, i did feel it is a heavy story and not something I could read laid on the beach. But it is a thought provoking book and I think the author brought a difficult subject to life. Overall, well written and I look forward to reading more from her. Well done!

  • Heidi
    2020-01-15 11:10

    The second cup by Sarah Marie Graye is her debut novel and extremely well written. Each chapter is from a different characters POV and there are five POV's the reader experiences. The story revolves around the group of friends that meet during their Uni years and how Jack's news impacts each of their lives in the future.When the reader starts, they find out that Faye is still in love with her University sweetheart even after so many year have passed without contact from one another. Although she is sure that Jack has more than likely moved on she sets out to find him. However never in her wildest dreams, did she imagine the devastating news she'd discover is that Jack took his own life. After Discovering the news and telling her other girlfriends each set off on their own personal journey. Faye reaches out to Jacks best friend Ethan, Olivia finds herself overwhelmed with grief, Abbie questions her life choices she's made in her life and Beth is hit the hardest.It's really well written making it an emotional page turner. Be warned though it's not an easy read due to the main topics being depression and suicide, however it does make you question your own life and the choices you've made. I look forward to seeing what Sarah does next.

  • Sandrus
    2020-01-22 07:55

    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… (Circle of Books)

  • Clayton Graham
    2020-01-07 13:01

    A group of Manchester women trying to get to grips with life. Past and present, and trying to forge a future. Trying to keep their head above water – it rains a lot there. Faye, Beth, Olivia, Abbie; sharing their families and their inner thoughts.Work, bosses and partners. A somewhat disturbing look at life’s loves, trials and tribulations – most of them involving people and what happens to them! Quite dark in many respects, but an atmospheric read nevertheless. Certainly no escapism here.‘Silver Tip White Tea is the most prized of white teas. It is rare and delicate and needs to be handled with care. Just like Faye.’

  • Jimmy Jefferson
    2020-01-21 09:03

    A mix of life, love, loss, and deathThe second cup is a great story about all things we think about in our lives. How many times have you thought about an old college lover or friend? Or the struggles in everyday life? The author does a great job of drawing you into the story about a group of friends from college. When Faye decides to try and locate her old college lover only to find that he had taken his own life, she and her friends begin to take a good look at their loves and What they want in life. This story is the weak hearted. This story will make you look again at your life and the emotional struggles and trials that everyone goes through. Great story that keeps you turning the pages to see what happens to each of the well developed characters. Great book and I would recommend reading this one.

  • Heidi
    2020-01-07 13:58

    Let’s start off by saying that I did not enjoy this book. It was one that had potential to be a good one, but failed short in many areas.First and foremost, the book needs a big edit. There were words misspelled, words misused, and added words that made sentences confusing. For instance, “…he joked his she had caused…” (pg. 8) is very unclear. Another one that confused me was “I bin the cold…” (pg. 71). Then there was ” I feet instantly guilty…” (pg. 77); “feet” should be “feel”. There was repetition on page 214, “…didn’t want didn’t want…” Overall, another couple of rounds of editing here would be beneficial. Then, the writing style in general was fairly choppy. Though I understood that the author was trying to share the past and present of four different characters to perhaps give them more substance; however, there was no good flow when transitioning from said past to present. Then, there was also alternating first point-of-view (POV) and third person. All of this ended being too much for this story. There were times when it seemed that the first to third POV were both in the present, but instead of making it first person, it was told from a third party. With all the switching, it made the story more of a chore than a pleasure. However, the major problem with the writing style is that all four characters had the same voice; so much so that it was difficult to keep the names straight with the characters’ respective storyline; they all blended together.When considering the plot, it was somewhat unclear what the author was going for. Yes, the death of Jack is what caused the story to happen, but I didn’t feel there was a climax or a big resolution. Sure, relationships that needed breaking were broken and those that wanted to be rekindled did, but there was something lacking in the excitement factor. Perhaps it was the fact that there were several questions left unanswered. Without giving too much away, when one character ended up in the hospital due to the news of Jack’s passing, it was very unclear why she had such a traumatic experience considering she never really knew him. Then, there were sections that the author almost threw in about tea to try to tie in with the title, but these seemed out of place and added to the choppiness.Lastly, the characters themselves. There was some information given for the four protagonists, but for me, not enough to make me care about them. In fact, Faye, Jack’s ex-girlfriend, was at times hard to sympathize with. In one scene, she seemed too judgmental of a friend’s drinking Starbucks and wearing a suit…did that confuse you? Yup, me too. What does wearing a suit have anything to do with coffee preferences?Overall, I feel the general premise of the book is a good one and it could have been a great read. However, due to the editing, plot, and character development, I cannot give it a higher rating and would not recommend this to anyone.*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program*

  • Esha
    2019-12-26 11:58

    My reviews can also be found on my blog The Great Book EscapeThank you to Netgalley, and Sarah Marie Graye for allowing me an ARC of this book. The Second Cup follows a group of four friends, Faye, Olivia, Abbie and Beth. Somehow or another, each friend is connected to the other without knowing that when befriending each other. They each deal with their own personal problems, but it takes the announcement of Faye's ex Jack committing suicide that shakes things up amongst the friends. Faye wants to reconnect with the one that left her, she cannot get over him and after years of trying to she has decided to hunt him down. Little does she know, her world will get a shock on her journey. Faye reconnects with an old friend and learns about Jacks passing. Olivia is the shy one in the bunch, or at least she believes she is. Beth is the 'center' of the group and when she is strongly affected by the news of Jacks suicide, the friendships are tested. Who will really be there for one another?I had a hard time connecting with this book. There were too many characters and not enough introduction or history. I kept track in the beginning by noting the characters and still had trouble following. The flow of the book was very choppy in my opinion, no real flow. Less characters would have possibly made the book better, I thought that some of the storyline was unnecessary in the grand scheme of things and could have been left out. I am still wondering about things that were introduced and then just left up in the air. The way in which each persons POV switched from present day to past, to first person and then third was very confusing and required too much extra thought in order to just enjoy the book. I can see the potential for this storyline, but this book did not do it for me. I wish I had a more positive experience.

  • Judi Easley
    2020-01-05 09:22

    My Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book by the author’s representative. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat ReviewMy Review: ✰I did not finish this book. I had to stop at 55%. I was starting to dither just like the characters. I know it’s the correct thing to do in a book review to say something nice about the book, then the bad news, and close with something nice. However, I really don’t have that much to say to spread it over that many comments.I carry a diagnosis of depression myself, so I am perhaps the wrong reviewer for this book. That being said, I found the characters running in circles in fact and in their minds trying to find out what had really happened to someone they had lost touch with years ago. None of them seemed to have any sense or real purpose. Nor did any of them seem to make any progress in their efforts other than to work themselves up.Not a book I can recommend, though it currently has a 3.82 rating on GoodReads and a bit higher on Amazon. I think this is one you will have to see for yourself. It may be one of those you either love or hate. For those of you who really like the psychological ones, this may work for you.

  • Notes From 'Round the Bend
    2020-01-06 13:02

    The blurb started with a question that caught my attention: Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Beyond that, it didn’t make a ton of sense (Who is Abbie? Ethan? Olivia? Why would she consider taking her own life?), but that one question stuck with me…mostly because I’ve experienced the answer. I wanted to know if it would be the same for these characters, so I picked up “The Second Cup” and braced myself for a heart-wrenching journey.I was extremely disappointed. In my experience, a poorly written blurb is often a red flag for a poorly written story and it proved true here. For an author who claims to have an MA in Creative Writing, this was a pitiful offering. Not only did Ms. Graye present us with one-dimensional characters, a narrative that switched confusingly between first and third person, and a plot that wandered aimlessly, but “The Second Cup” also needed a MAJOR edit. I’m not sure I went more than a page without marking a missing, misused, or misspelled word.Review first appears on Notes from 'Round the Bend

  • Debbie
    2020-01-20 08:08

    Wow, the blurbs were totally correct on this. It was definitely deep and dark, very dark.The story is about suicide and is told from multiple view points. I found it interesting how differently everyone reacted to the news of Jack's suicide. While yes, it was deep and dark, it was very well written. I definitely had to read a "feel good" book after this one. That doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a chance. It just means that I think the author did spot on with it in this book.Thanks to the Disassociated Voice and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  • Mel
    2020-01-10 07:08

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.The Second Cup follows a group of female friends as one tries to track own an old boyfriend and another decides to file for divorce. The main characters were authentic and gelled together well as a group. Their respective relationships however, all came across as dysfunctional in one way or another. It would have added some variety if at least one of them had been happy.Well written overall, but I didn't feel there was a definitive plot. 100 pages in and it felt like the reader had just been dropped into a random section of the character's lives with no real beginning.

  • Debra Menard
    2020-01-08 06:56

    Wow,this book was well written ,I definitely needed tissues for this one,you never know how much you care about someone until their gone.I almost stopped reading this book because of the subject, but I finished it,and so glad I did.

  • Karen's World
    2020-01-22 06:14

    Lots of characters and story lines going from past to present, I could not keep up.