The Thing About Clare

The Thing About Clare

Imogen Clark / Jul 18, 2019

The Thing About Clare A dying wish A devastating secret Should the truth really stay buried The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond but when their mother Dorothy dies seemingly without a will this re

  • Title: The Thing About Clare
  • Author: Imogen Clark
  • ISBN: 1503904962
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • A dying wish A devastating secret Should the truth really stay buried The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond, but when their mother, Dorothy, dies seemingly without a will, this relationship is put to the test As the mourning siblings try to make sense of the situation, one of them is caught with a secret before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favou A dying wish A devastating secret Should the truth really stay buried The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond, but when their mother, Dorothy, dies seemingly without a will, this relationship is put to the test As the mourning siblings try to make sense of the situation, one of them is caught with a secret before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter and told her to destroy them both.Of course it was Anna their mother turned to for this mission Miriam, the eldest, is far too sensible Sebastian, the baby, too sensitive and Clare, the middle child, has always been too rebellious to rely on, and long ago cut herself out of her siblings lives.But what Anna finds in the documents could change everything Do the other siblings not deserve to know what it is about them that their mother was so desperate to hide And if it is revealed, will the Bliss family ever be the same again Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 320 pages Published December 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing More Details ISBN 1503904962 ISBN13 9781503904965 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Thing About Clare, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book December 2018 Book Releases 46 books 33 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 27, 2018 DJ Sakata rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves womens fiction, netgallery, family drama, british, angsty, favorites Favorite Quotes An argument was never very far away from her sister Even when they were kids, Clare could start a row in an empty room It was funny how they d all just grown up into older versions of how were they were as children It was barely recognisable as the beautiful cherub in the Bounty Baby pictures that Frank had convinced her to pose for in the early days of motherhood, back before she decided that her child was a test sent to her by the Devil himself Indignation radiated from the Favorite Quotes An argument was never very far away from her sister Even when they were kids, Clare could start a row in an empty room It was funny how they d all just grown up into older versions of how were they were as children It was barely recognisable as the beautiful cherub in the Bounty Baby pictures that Frank had convinced her to pose for in the early days of motherhood, back before she decided that her child was a test sent to her by the Devil himself Indignation radiated from the baby s every pore The baby locked its gaze on to Dorothy s like a heat seeking missile, paused briefly to fill its lungs with a fresh supply of oxygen and began to scream again How could something so small cause so much wanton destruction, wondered Dorothy.Thank the Lord that her own parents hadn t been around to see how Clare was turning out She could virtually feel the breeze that was coming off her father spinning in his grave.She ll die an old maid, eating cat food and surrounded by back copies of the Reader s Digest.She was sixty five for God s sake She should lower her expectations a little Her own mother had considered herself old at this age but she still felt like a young woman Well, she did in her heart It was a slightly different story in her knees.Frank had loved words They had dripped from his lips like honey from a spoon Often he spoke as if he were on a stage, his words a performance rather than merely a means of communicating his thoughts.My Review This compelling book was superbly written, cunningly clever, shrewdly paced and packed with sharp wit, remarkable insights, and observant details Each complex character inhabited a quirky personality, which was skillfully and enticingly fleshed out I adored it and didn t want to put it down I read it slowly and with great delight as I coveted, marveled, and savored every well chosen word Imogen Clark is a master scribe I want to amass and hoard all her clever words Every family has secrets and most people are intrinsically drawn and curious to unearth them as other peoples hidden foibles are so much interesting and alluring than our own shame, but unfortunately, as you get older, you find there are some secrets you wish you didn t know yet cannot erase or hit delete once you ve played Pandora And every family has at least one walking disaster wastrel mine has several But then my family tree is horribly diseased and should be chopped down and burned for good measure While this captivatingly portrayed family had several drama llamas, Clare was an imposing piece of work Even in childhood, she had rebelliously pushed every boundary with an abrasive personality, and as an adult, she was simply vile, irresponsible, unpredictably volatile, and increasingly self destructive I fervently loathed her with fascination In addition to the thrill and privilege of perusing one of my favorite reads for 2018, Ms Clark also provided me with two new treasures for my Brit Word List with an idiom of bugger that for a game of soldiers for screw this and bone idle which Mr Google informed me was the ultimate of sloth and laziness as it went all the way to the bone How glorious flag 32 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 09, 2018 Shelley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Sometimes keeping secrets has unforeseen circumstances. The Thing About Clare is an emotional rollercoaster with many ups and downs and some surprises along the way It is a poignant story that is both moving and touching This is another book I am adding to my keeper shelf and another addition to my top reads for the year Ms Clark is a fantastic author who will draw you right in and never let you go How sharper than a serpent s tooth it is to have a thankless child. There are many main char Sometimes keeping secrets has unforeseen circumstances. The Thing About Clare is an emotional rollercoaster with many ups and downs and some surprises along the way It is a poignant story that is both moving and touching This is another book I am adding to my keeper shelf and another addition to my top reads for the year Ms Clark is a fantastic author who will draw you right in and never let you go How sharper than a serpent s tooth it is to have a thankless child. There are many main characters in this book, the four Bliss children and their mother The pacing is nice and slow which gave me the opportunity to really get to know each of them, to grow to love them and sympathize with what they were going through While I may not have always liked them, they do have their redeeming moments in little glimpses throughout the story The build up is very intense and much of the secret is kept hidden for most of the book which I found really helped in keeping me engaged with the story I will say though that the book does deal with a few heartbreaking topics, but they are done with compassion and understanding Imogen Clark really has a unique way of making us relate to her characters in a heart wrenching way The thing about Clare was that she just didn t belong. An amazing, poignant and heart rending book This author writes beautiful and from the heart This is a story I could not put down and one that will stay with me for a very long time A wonderful, thought provoking take from an author who s writing is beautiful Very highly recommended Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, Publishing UK and Imogen Clark for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review all opinions are my own. TheThingAboutClare NetGalleyAll my reviews can been found here flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Stina rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves british, imogen clark, 2018, general fiction, chick lit THE THING ABOUT CLARE was my Kindle First selection for this month and, though this is completely out of my usual genre, I thought the premise sounded rather interesting Though I do have to say I correctly guessed what the thing about Clare actually was before it was even introduced into the story That being said, it didn t ruin the story for me as I do love trying to figure out what secrets are what and the fact that I often do never spoils the story I just enjoy the journey.This book is a THE THING ABOUT CLARE was my Kindle First selection for this month and, though this is completely out of my usual genre, I thought the premise sounded rather interesting Though I do have to say I correctly guessed what the thing about Clare actually was before it was even introduced into the story That being said, it didn t ruin the story for me as I do love trying to figure out what secrets are what and the fact that I often do never spoils the story I just enjoy the journey.This book is about family, secrets and the journey of four siblings Miriam, Clare, Anna and Sebastian Their parents Dorothy and Frank feature heavily in the past chapters, beginning with the siblings as children, in which the story unfolds over the course of their lifetime.The story begins with Anna, the third sibling, in 2015 Their mother Dorothy has just passed away and the introductory chapter was her funeral, and as the chapter is titled, is from Anna s perspective I found it heavy in monologue to begin with as Anna muses over her thoughts and emotions some of which I found slightly irrelevant to the point of irritating in part but it does give us a vivid picture of her perspective Particularly as she recounts her mother Dorothy s request regarding the will and the letter And you just know that, despite trying to maintain respect for her mother, she won t be able to resist reading the letter which is addressed to Clare I mean, could you I could understand Anna s reasoning behind why she decided to read it to protect Clare but you just know it is going to blow up in her face when Clare and the others find out So Anna then faces the conundrum of what to do However, it s not until over halfway through the book after the past has been revisitedup to the present as the story unfolds do we discover that Anna actually does have the will and the letter So of course, the reader does not learn of its contents until over halfway through.When the story first shifts back to the past, we are transported back to 1961 and Dorothy s POV as she recounts her story as a new mum to the very demanding and painfully teething Miriam The Dorothy we meet in the beginning is certainly a different Dorothy we meet as the years progress through the various perspectives She is a new mum, alone with husband Frank away working, and completely unsure of her own ability as a mother It is then we also meet their somewhat nosy neighbour Mrs Connors whose first name escapes me now , and it is somewhat comforting to note that they remain neighbours for the next 50 odd years Although a background character, Mrs Connors does feature a little profoundly at the Silver Jubilee when a very unexpected and surprising event occurs shocking everyone As the years go by and the story continues to unfold we meet each of the siblings and are privvy to their own private thoughts and perspectives Clare s is somewhat tumultuous as she herself is the most colourful of the siblings They say that there is something about the middle child and Clare crammed into that mould and promptly broke it She was the black sheep and felt like she didn t belong for most of her life It led to bad decisions and even worse lifestyle choices as she continued to drift through life, and in and out of everyone else s, for pretty much most of the duration She was the most volatile, defensive and pretty much almost always angry Is it just middle child syndrome or something much Whatever it is, it was plain to everyone that there was just something about Clare.The story examines the relationship between the siblings and their parents, tackling the difficult times as well as the fond memories Family dynamics are always different and can often be a minefield with each child having their own unique characteristics THE THING ABOUT CLARE examines those as well as being a journey of discovery for everyone involved We learn the idiosyncrasies and the personas of each of the siblings, and often during the story we find ourselves as frustrated as each of the siblings This story is their journey and as we are privvy to their perspectives we share the journey with them.Once the story comes full circle again to the present day in 2015, we also feel their pain and their grief after the loss of their mother Just before we reach this point we do meet up with Anna and Dorothy in 2014, just a year previous, where we discover that Dorothy has had a stroke and is now in a care home I found this scene a little sad as it was clear that in her 80s Dorothy was nearing the end of her life, and just that knowledge alone is saddening after a lifetime of memories Dorothy struggles to speak but she does enough to bestow her request of the will to her favourite child Then fast forward a year and the siblings are at her funeral Mrs Connors is still a fixture, with her own two cents thrown in, but the siblings decline her offer to help clear out the house.I did find the scenes where the siblings were sorting through a lifetime of their parents belongings and memories particularly heartbreaking It is something I myself dread because in doing so it is with the knowledge that your parents are goneand with them a lifetime of memories But as one grows older, if we are lucky enough to still have our parents with us, we also are fully aware that that will not last forever and one day in the not too distant future we too will be saying our last goodbye to them too And it was this aftermath that broke my heart the most We journeyed with them all through the years that as the reader we too felt the pain of Dorothy s passing, as inevitable as it must be.I did have a complaint about one flaw I don t know where it came from or what happened to it but at one point Dorothy is ticking off a mental list of who is attending Anna s 30th birthday and she mentions Melissa I had to stop and think who on earth was Melissa As she also mentioned Sebastian s new girlfriend Tessa for the first time, I admittedly thought that maybe Melissa was Anna s partner as the way she recounted them was as Anna and Melissa But there was no further mention of Melissa She didn t attend the party, and she was never mentioned again So I have no idea where she came from or what her role was, but to me it appeared she was a mistake since she never featured anywhere again This error cost this wonderful story a star in my opinion, because while I can overlook many others that always pop up in ebook editions, I cannot overlook that It was a costly mistake that in the end was irrelevant to the entire story.Overall, THE THING ABOUT CLARE was a beautifully written drama about families in particular, siblings of life, love and the imperceptible bond between them I thought it was a lovely thought provoking story, not my usual genre, but enjoyable all the same I was unable to put it down in the end, reading well into the night.It is unlike me to purchase a book without knowing anything about the Author or their style, but in this case I did and I am surprisingly glad I really enjoyed the story and the journey it took me on Definitely recommend flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Ceecee rated it liked it review of another edition November s Kindle First I didn t think this was a particularly original book and I found sections of it to be overblown and overlong which became a bit tedious and a lot of it seemed to centre around rather dull food It s a family dynamic book with a skeleton in the closet of which there are plenty of better books around The characters were quite interesting of the four siblings Clare was the most colourful I particularly enjoyed it when she went through her anarchic punk phase, esp November s Kindle First I didn t think this was a particularly original book and I found sections of it to be overblown and overlong which became a bit tedious and a lot of it seemed to centre around rather dull food It s a family dynamic book with a skeleton in the closet of which there are plenty of better books around The characters were quite interesting of the four siblings Clare was the most colourful I particularly enjoyed it when she went through her anarchic punk phase, especially the lengths she went to in order to achieve a Sex Pistols look GB was in a right old mess at this point with strikes every five minutes and I could totally understand her anti establishment stance The father, Frank was likeable, not least because of his use of flowery language Dorothy, the mother, from an Irish Catholic background was a good character and I liked the way her Irishness shone through in the dialogue I quite enjoyed recalling some of the events that were incorporated into the families lives from the happiness of our queens Silver Jubilee to the horror of the shootings at the primary school in Dunblane I confess to skimming the duller bits but on the plus side it was a quick read and free flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Keirstin Smith CloudOfThoughts rated it it was amazing The Thing About Clare by author Imogen Clark is a witty and moving novel about family, secrets and siblings It follows a complicated bunch of siblings after the death of their mother Really a great book, definitely one I would recommend Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of The Thing About Clare in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Janet Cooke rated it liked it review of another edition This book came to my Fire due to the Giveaway I thought that I really enjoyed it, then realized that I enjoyed that I could read it quickly The reason for the quick read was the lack of character development of the oldest daughter, and the son The greatest mention for each of them was a loss for both a life changing loss neither of which was fleshed out at all I find myself wishing that this book was the first in a series, the focus on one relationship and then another I guess if books a This book came to my Fire due to the Giveaway I thought that I really enjoyed it, then realized that I enjoyed that I could read it quickly The reason for the quick read was the lack of character development of the oldest daughter, and the son The greatest mention for each of them was a loss for both a life changing loss neither of which was fleshed out at all I find myself wishing that this book was the first in a series, the focus on one relationship and then another I guess if books are to be written exactly as I wish I should be an author flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 16, 2018 Lori Boyd rated it liked it Siblings Each family has different dynamics, each child has distinct characteristics Clare has always seemed different than her siblingsBeats to her own drummer Why The writing is excellent, you get a vivid picture of each member of the family And the different dynamics of each within Unfortunately for me, the story itself was a little flat Seemed like a long, drawn out story Could have been summed up in a short story Ending was disappointing Have never read this author but Would try Siblings Each family has different dynamics, each child has distinct characteristics Clare has always seemed different than her siblingsBeats to her own drummer Why The writing is excellent, you get a vivid picture of each member of the family And the different dynamics of each within Unfortunately for me, the story itself was a little flat Seemed like a long, drawn out story Could have been summed up in a short story Ending was disappointing Have never read this author but Would try this author again.Thanks to Publisher and NetGalley for this ARC Opinion is my own flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Anna Maria rated it did not like it review of another edition What a boring book The whole story could have been told in one chapter Total waste of my time money I would not recommend this book flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Anne rated it really liked it I do love a story about families and Imogen Clare has written an extremely readable and enjoyable novel in The Thing About Clare concentrating on four siblings and their parents.The story begins in 2015, at the funeral of Dorothy, the mother of Anna, Miriam, Clare and Sebastian Anna has always been the most favoured child the youngest daughter, the one who was sent out to play rather than be expected to pull her weight with chores However, Anna now has a heavy burden to bear Before she died I do love a story about families and Imogen Clare has written an extremely readable and enjoyable novel in The Thing About Clare concentrating on four siblings and their parents.The story begins in 2015, at the funeral of Dorothy, the mother of Anna, Miriam, Clare and Sebastian Anna has always been the most favoured child the youngest daughter, the one who was sent out to play rather than be expected to pull her weight with chores However, Anna now has a heavy burden to bear Before she died, Dorothy told her to take her Will and a letter addressed to Clare and destroy them, and to tell nobody else.Of course, like most of us, Anna felt unable to do this and is now privy to long kept secrets that could tear the whole family apart What should she do Imogen Clark takes her readers back to the 1960s when Dorothy is a new mother, coping almost single handedly with fractious baby Miriam as her husband Frank goes out to work I especially loved these glimpses back in time where we were able to watch the family grow with each new birth, and see how Dorothy changed as a woman, and a mother.The author cleverly and carefully moves back and forth to the present day, with viewpoints from each family member, enabling the reader to learn so much about each character.The Thing About Clare is a beautifully constructed, intelligently written story of family and secrets I especially loved the 1970s setting with memories of punk rock and the Silver Jubilee wonderfully portrayed.An excellent story about families and how they make us what we are and what we will become.Written with precision and skill, The Thing About Clare is a novel that I found difficult to put down and would recommend highly flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Kathy Sandlin rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley arc I usual,y like a good family drama with rich characters Some characters you may like than others I really like the Dorothy but that was about it in this drama Speaking of dramaThere was really very little drama in the story It was a long drawn out sibling rivalry that got a little old The most dramatic part was very easy to see coming and then it fizzled Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Ellen rated it really liked it As part of a large family myself, the relationships between siblings is always complicated Miriam is the eldest, responsible and organized, while Clare is the second and the black sheep Anna is seen as her Mom s favorite, and Sebastian is the unexpected baby The story tells how they each approached their lives, and how they react when a basic truth is tested An appealing read, thanks to Netgalley for the ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Amber Cowie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Imogen Clark has a beautiful gift for intricate plotting, elegant language and gentle crafting, revealing her characters so slowly and carefully that it is impossible to do anything as a reader but be mesmerized at how astonishing it is to have them laid bare before your eyes I loved this book, like her first, and cannot wait to read the next and the next and the next flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 25, 2018 MaryAnn rated it liked it The Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark was an okay read with quite a few well rounded characters Ms Clark does a great job with characters, descriptions and writing a story that will pull you in, bit by bit.I did feel that the story dragged a bit and after a certain point just wanted to find out what was going to happen because I d invested my time and interest, but I didn t care about any of the characters really I especially found the parents selfish and the children adults in part of the The Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark was an okay read with quite a few well rounded characters Ms Clark does a great job with characters, descriptions and writing a story that will pull you in, bit by bit.I did feel that the story dragged a bit and after a certain point just wanted to find out what was going to happen because I d invested my time and interest, but I didn t care about any of the characters really I especially found the parents selfish and the children adults in part of the book all over the map I also found the siblings rather selfish and self important They all loved to talk about Clare, but no one really did anything, especially with River.There s a lot of family drama here for people who enjoy that and some mystery that is cleared up in the end Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for approving my request for an ARC My thoughts are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Jo Barton rated it really liked it Clare Bliss has always been a bit out of step with her three siblings The complex relationship that they have with each other is further complicated when Anna, one of the older sisters, is entrusted with a secret that their mother has kept from them What then follows is a cleverly constructed story about the complexity of family relationships and of the difficulties which arise when one of the siblings is thought to be favoured than the others.This is an interesting family drama which loo Clare Bliss has always been a bit out of step with her three siblings The complex relationship that they have with each other is further complicated when Anna, one of the older sisters, is entrusted with a secret that their mother has kept from them What then follows is a cleverly constructed story about the complexity of family relationships and of the difficulties which arise when one of the siblings is thought to be favoured than the others.This is an interesting family drama which looks at the dynamics between siblings, especially when one is obviously a very different character to the others.The author writes about complicated family relationships in a very readable way, highlighting the question of nature over nurture and questioning whether it s our upbringing or our genetic makeup which makes us into the people we become Moving forwards and backwards in time the story highlights the Bliss family background bringing the four sibling s stories into the spotlight and revealing fascinating details of their lives, both as a family and separately.The Thing About Clare is a clever family drama, at the heart of which is a story about a devastating secret, which, when revealed, will have repercussions for the whole of the family The story kept me interested from start to finish, I especially enjoyed watching how the drama played out within the wider context of the story flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it review of another edition I greatly enjoyed this and it was my Kindle First selection this month but a few dodgy mistakes in it have cost it the 5 from me, I m afraid Firstly, I LOVE that cover s a gorgeous illustration and one I hope she retains instead of messing about changing it It s a great family story and covers the years I was a kid as well so brought back a lot of memories and I remember well the Silver Jubilee, too Her characters are great and very true to life, especially the language used in those I greatly enjoyed this and it was my Kindle First selection this month but a few dodgy mistakes in it have cost it the 5 from me, I m afraid Firstly, I LOVE that cover s a gorgeous illustration and one I hope she retains instead of messing about changing it It s a great family story and covers the years I was a kid as well so brought back a lot of memories and I remember well the Silver Jubilee, too Her characters are great and very true to life, especially the language used in those times I so liked it I loved the image too of Sebastian flicking Anna s eyelashesClare was definitely the black sheep of the family though I liked her as a kid as she was the spirited one of them all.However, silly mistakes did cost itwriting back instead of bag and though and not through.en Dorothy is reading off a list of who is attending Anna s birthday party at one point and mentions a Melissa.w, whoever she is I ve no idea as she wasn t referred to before or past that point so I really don t believe she merited a mention at all This sentence Understanding certainly needs a comma to make sense as well If not for throwing in that mention of a Melissa I would probably have overlooked the other nitpicky mistakes but that was just wrong for me flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Gill rated it really liked it review of another edition The book spans quite a few years, from when the family of 4 siblings were children up to a point where they ve reached their fifities.The first couple of chapters introduce us to the Bliss family attending the funeral of their mother Dorothy Bliss The year is 2015 After a brief introduction to the four siblings, Miriam, the eldest, Clare, Anna and Sebastian and a mention of a will and letter that Anna s mother had asked her to destroy just before she died the book then moves back to 1961 Thes The book spans quite a few years, from when the family of 4 siblings were children up to a point where they ve reached their fifities.The first couple of chapters introduce us to the Bliss family attending the funeral of their mother Dorothy Bliss The year is 2015 After a brief introduction to the four siblings, Miriam, the eldest, Clare, Anna and Sebastian and a mention of a will and letter that Anna s mother had asked her to destroy just before she died the book then moves back to 1961 These chapters cover Dorothy Bliss and her life as a new mother to her first child Miriam Throughout, the book gradually moves on in time, when in the 1970 s Sebastian arrives to complete the Bliss family It s a kind of meander down memory lane, especially for me as the reader because Miriam is the same age as me We observe the family dynamics as the children grow up All the characters were likeable except perhaps for Clare Despite Clare s inability to get on with any one, blood is thicker than water as the saying goes and her sisters, Mother and brother always stuck by her and tried to help despite the fact that she brought most of her problems on herself I often felt sorry for Clare s only son, River With no Father around and his useless, drunken mother to look after him it was a miracle he managed to survive relatively unscathed.Whilst there isn t a huge theme to the plot of the story it was still an enjoyable read They re an average family with average lives with Clare being what would be described as the black sheep of the family Argumentative, rebellious, for some reason that no one ever seems to have been able to fathom Clare has always carried a chip around on her shoulder, one that she would have done well to have got rid of Her rebellious nature hasn t done her any favours throughout life and as a result happiness has always eluded her.Perhaps I m being a bit harsh, but I could never see why Clare should feel that she was looked down on by the rest of the family at any point when she was growing up She always seems resentful, thinking that her Mother thinks of the other siblings but I never felt that was the case She just seemed naturally paranoid and to me I think she imagined half of it.Towards the end of the book Clare finally manages to regain some control over her drink problem and there was one part when she d been off the drink for a year where she finally realises how much better she feels This is a quote from the book, I loved the imaginative take on the metaphor turning over a new leaf Clare did feel healthier though She liked this new leaf It kept changing colour, getting brighter and brighter I really enjoyed this book In the back there are some questions for Book Group discussion and I think it would make a good book for a book group It s a nice easy read, brings back memories of childhood for anyone who grew up during the 60 s early 70 s and gives the reader plenty to think about flag Like see review Nov 26, 2018 Clair Sharpe rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, book tours, female authors, owned books You know sometimes you are just drawn to a book and you know you are going to love it, even though you can t explain why This is how I felt about The Thing About Clare Telling the story of the four Bliss siblings, who come together at the beginning of the book at the funeral of their mother, Dorothy, the narrative is told over multiple viewpoints all 4 siblings and their mum and over several years starting in 1961 and ending in 2017 Miriam is the eldest and is the most sensible and conven You know sometimes you are just drawn to a book and you know you are going to love it, even though you can t explain why This is how I felt about The Thing About Clare Telling the story of the four Bliss siblings, who come together at the beginning of the book at the funeral of their mother, Dorothy, the narrative is told over multiple viewpoints all 4 siblings and their mum and over several years starting in 1961 and ending in 2017 Miriam is the eldest and is the most sensible and conventional of the siblings, settled into her life as a teacher with her husband and daughters Next we have Clare, the black sheep of the family who has always been rebellious, ricocheting from one relationship to the next, drinking heavily and refusing help from her family Anna has always been considered by her siblings to be the favourite child and Sebastian is the baby of the family, a surprising and unexpected addition Dorothy, while living in a home after having a stroke, entrusts her favourite daughter to go to the house, and destroy her will along with an accompanying letter but what Anna finds in the documents could destroy their relationship and she has to make the decision whether she should share what she finds with her siblings.I just loved the nostalgia in this book talk of the Silver Jubilee street party in 1977 which I just about remember attending and the talk of penny sweets and Jubilee pancakes from the Little Chef on holiday journeys All the characters are well written and at times my sympathy for them was almost overwhelming I really liked how the author used different characters to cover the different time periods despite their being quite large gaps in time, I felt like she managed to fill them in perfectly.A wonderful family drama, with a bit of mystery thrown in Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Maggie O Farrell flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it While I did read and enjoy this book, it left me with many questions I m not sure if I missed something or it s just a question without an answer, but what was The Thing About Clare I understand that she was a bit different from her siblings and there were a few questions later on about her, her mom and dad, but still what was The Thing About Clare.I liked how the siblings interacted with each other It was typical Yes there is usually a favorite, but I think in most, normal, families it is e While I did read and enjoy this book, it left me with many questions I m not sure if I missed something or it s just a question without an answer, but what was The Thing About Clare I understand that she was a bit different from her siblings and there were a few questions later on about her, her mom and dad, but still what was The Thing About Clare.I liked how the siblings interacted with each other It was typical Yes there is usually a favorite, but I think in most, normal, families it is every child in different ways I have a favorite, but I also only have one child A little humor there Clare is very troubled for sure Her son is very determined and I did not think Clare was a good mother Each child had their own problems and they dealt with them in their own way But they seemed to be there for each other always.The parents were loving and caring but the mother I thought was very selfish to Miriam She expected her to do things that really were not her job I think she put a few to many demands on her and caused her to lose out on the things she wanted to do so bad Miriam gave up her dreams for her mother and that was just wrong While I did like the story, I am still left wondering what The Thing About Clare truly is I felt for her and disliked her at the same time Thank you NetGalley and Imogen Clark and the Lakeside group for a copy of this in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.I gave it a 4 star and it s really only 3.5 stars I do look forward to reading by this author though flag Like see review Nov 20, 2018 Bambi Rathman rated it really liked it review of another edition This is a book basically about siblings and their relationships with each other They are raised by two loving parents who have different parenting styles but it seems to work for the most part Each child is loved but how each child perceives the other siblings is key in how their relationships change as they age The sibling dynamics is an interesting aspect to write a novel about and this one seemed to take the reader on a life journey with rivalry at its core I felt the story had so ma This is a book basically about siblings and their relationships with each other They are raised by two loving parents who have different parenting styles but it seems to work for the most part Each child is loved but how each child perceives the other siblings is key in how their relationships change as they age The sibling dynamics is an interesting aspect to write a novel about and this one seemed to take the reader on a life journey with rivalry at its core I felt the story had so many dark places between the kids and I really felt bad for them all Jealousy, secrets, suspicions, and mistrust was a big part of it This book reminded me of a soap opera in written form There were a few happy, high points in the lives of the characters but it was on the side of a drama that kept going on and on The author created a story around a topic that is so different in every family and the make up of them This family had love for each other but it was strained for most of the book although like most siblings, when one needed help, they were there no matter what Just as siblings should be Thank you Lake Union, Netgalley and Ms Clark for the opportunity to read and review this book flag Like see review Nov 18, 2018 Leanna Mattea rated it liked it I m kind of in limbo about how I felt about this story Family dynamics are difficult to understand, and this family had many flaws, despite a seemingly close family unit Involved parents, enough money to be comfortable and that one sibling that seemed to keep everything unsettled, kind of like my own middle sister, who always blamed everyone else for her issues.Maybe Clare reminded me too much of my own sibling, that managed to keep the family in a state of upheaval I just didn t see a lot of I m kind of in limbo about how I felt about this story Family dynamics are difficult to understand, and this family had many flaws, despite a seemingly close family unit Involved parents, enough money to be comfortable and that one sibling that seemed to keep everything unsettled, kind of like my own middle sister, who always blamed everyone else for her issues.Maybe Clare reminded me too much of my own sibling, that managed to keep the family in a state of upheaval I just didn t see a lot of affection for each other, they basically lived together, without really bonding, although I found Dorothy, loving and nurturing with her family.This is a novel with well defined characters, a Mother s secret, that silently has an affect on all of her children She entrusts that secret to her favorite child Anna, and burdens her with information that could completely destroy the fragile relationships they have I thought it was an interesting read, but maybe a little too depressing Imogene Clark is an excellent writer, interesting characters, and a well developed plot I thank Lake Union and the Author for my ARC I enjoy British novels and did find this entertaining flag Like see review Nov 30, 2018 Jilly rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 Book 87 for 2018 The Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark.This was another book that I had worked out from quite early on but it was still a good story and I enjoyed it a lot A dying wish A devastating secret Should the truth really stay buried It is the story of 3 sisters and their brother Their mother dies and it seems she hasn t left a will, or has she One of the sisters has a secret Before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter and told her to destr Book 87 for 2018 The Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark.This was another book that I had worked out from quite early on but it was still a good story and I enjoyed it a lot A dying wish A devastating secret Should the truth really stay buried It is the story of 3 sisters and their brother Their mother dies and it seems she hasn t left a will, or has she One of the sisters has a secret Before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter and told her to destroy them both.Of course it was Anna their mother turned to for this mission Miriam, the eldest, is far too sensible Sebastian, the baby, too sensitive and Clare, the middle child, has always been too rebellious to rely on, and long ago cut herself out of her siblings lives.Of course Anna doesn t destroy them and she can t resist having a look But what she finds in the documents could change everything Do the other siblings not deserve to know what it is about them that their mother was so desperate to hide And if it is revealed, will the Bliss family ever be the same again flag Like see review Nov 16, 2018 Rebecca Hill rated it really liked it Shelves arc copies, lake union publishing, lake union review crew, netgalley reads Clare has never felt like she belonged with her family She was the screw up, while they all had perfect lives Each of them seemed to have it all together, no matter what came at them Clare on the other hand drank to much, and could not be bothered to look after her son, River.When their mother passes away, a secret comes to light, and this one could explain the feelings that Clare has harbored all these years What if her family isn t really her full family While each of the siblings struggl Clare has never felt like she belonged with her family She was the screw up, while they all had perfect lives Each of them seemed to have it all together, no matter what came at them Clare on the other hand drank to much, and could not be bothered to look after her son, River.When their mother passes away, a secret comes to light, and this one could explain the feelings that Clare has harbored all these years What if her family isn t really her full family While each of the siblings struggle with their thoughts and try to keep Clare from her self destructive roles, they are all wondering the same thing how will this affect their family moving forward This book was WOW I started reading it last night and had a hard time putting it down No family is perfect, but this one captures the ordinary family to a T Great weekend read if you are looking for something amazing You won t be disappointed at all Thank you to Lake Union Publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC of this book for my unbiased review flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Vonnysue rated it it was amazing I loved this book about family life, and I found it interesting that at the end of the book the author talks about how it developed from a blurb about parents having a favorite child I never really felt that any of the children depicted were treated or less favorably than another, just differently depending on circumstance This book is so full of humanity that you can t help but love it I guess because of my stage in life, I really identified with the mother of the brood I was also the I loved this book about family life, and I found it interesting that at the end of the book the author talks about how it developed from a blurb about parents having a favorite child I never really felt that any of the children depicted were treated or less favorably than another, just differently depending on circumstance This book is so full of humanity that you can t help but love it I guess because of my stage in life, I really identified with the mother of the brood I was also the eldest of four children, so I could also feel some of the eldest daughter s growing pains The author keeps the issues timely, because this family is far from perfect They have their problems, many they try to hide, unsuccessfully Thankfully, they manage to blunder through, like the rest of us.I highly recommend this book, and I will seek this author for her next foray into the world of fiction flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Vonny Farrell rated it it was amazing review of another edition Loved this book Loved this book about family life and I found it interesting that at the end of the book, the author talks about how it developed from a blurb about parents having a favorite child I never really felt that any of the children depicted were treated or less favorably than another, just differently depending on circumstance This book is so full of humanity that you can t help but love it I guess because of my stage in life, I really identified with the mother of the brood I Loved this book Loved this book about family life and I found it interesting that at the end of the book, the author talks about how it developed from a blurb about parents having a favorite child I never really felt that any of the children depicted were treated or less favorably than another, just differently depending on circumstance This book is so full of humanity that you can t help but love it I guess because of my stage in life, I really identified with the mother of the brood I was also the eldest of four children, so I could also feel some of the eldest daughter s growing pains She keeps it timely, because this family is not perfect They have their problems, many they try to hide, unsuccessfully Thankfully, they manage to blunder through, like the rest of us.I highly recommend this book And, I will seek this author for her next foray into the world of fiction flag Like see review Dec 11, 2018 Jennifer rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, netgalley 2018 Loved the book I loved Postcards From A Stranger and couldn t wait to read this book My favorite part was getting to know the Bliss family The book alternates between Dorothy and her four children The siblings were all different and were very much realistic Dorothy s secret wasn t very shocking for me, there wasn t much of a mystery there I loved the story, writing style and characters most of them Clare was never my favorite I hated the way she acted and blamed her problems on everyo Loved the book I loved Postcards From A Stranger and couldn t wait to read this book My favorite part was getting to know the Bliss family The book alternates between Dorothy and her four children The siblings were all different and were very much realistic Dorothy s secret wasn t very shocking for me, there wasn t much of a mystery there I loved the story, writing style and characters most of them Clare was never my favorite I hated the way she acted and blamed her problems on everyone else I hold her accountable for how River turned out He never got to see how much his aunts, uncle and grandparents tried to help out One of my favorite chapters was about Dorothy right after she had Miriam She s a new mother dealing with her baby, while her husband is at work She feels like her baby is a demon with all the screaming and wonders if they make gags for babies Definitely recommend the book It s a book about family, love and being there when your siblings need you I can t wait to read books by the author.Thanks to NetGalley, Publishing UK and the author, Imogen Clark, for a free electronic ARC of this novel flag Like see review Dec 28, 2018 Nicola rated it it was amazing review of another edition I m an Only Child so can only imagine what it must be like to have brothers and sisters to love, fight, argue and reconcile with, but Imogen expertly conveys the complex and dynamic relationships between these three sisters and their baby brother in this charming and perfectly paced novel.Miriam, the eldest, has to forfeit her dreams of attending Rada in order to help bring up her baby brother after his surprise and untimely arrival As expected she maintains her role as head of the sibling grou I m an Only Child so can only imagine what it must be like to have brothers and sisters to love, fight, argue and reconcile with, but Imogen expertly conveys the complex and dynamic relationships between these three sisters and their baby brother in this charming and perfectly paced novel.Miriam, the eldest, has to forfeit her dreams of attending Rada in order to help bring up her baby brother after his surprise and untimely arrival As expected she maintains her role as head of the sibling group throughout the novel Stern, matriarchal and overly obsessed with structure and order.Anna is the third child The favourite The one that can do no wrong in the eyes of her parents, but when she discovers a letter with her mother s will, which her mother on her deathbed had asked Anna to destroy, she is faced with an impossible choice Go against her mother s wishes and uncover the truth or protect her sister.Seb is the baby and treated as such by the rest of his sisters, even after he grows up and has a family of his own and Clare is the second born The rebel The one that always stirs the pot, pushes the boundaries and is convinced she doesn t fit in.The story is set in England and unfolds over a forty year period and I completely connected with many of the events that formed the backdrop to the narration as I also lived through them Anyone over the age of forty and from the UK will remember the 1977 silver jubilee and would likely have been involved in a street party Or who can forget the iconic rise of the punk movement in the 1980s The story is told from all four siblings POV, having said that Imogen expertly allows you time to settle into that sibling s voice for a couple of chapters before mixing it up again so I never felt disconnected from the flow of the tale as it unraveled.This is the second book of Imogen s I ve read and it is as equally charming as her first novel and I look forward with great anticipation to her next release in 2019 flag Like see review Nov 30, 2018 Gena My Book Reviews for You rated it really liked it Shelves read first The Thing About Clare was an entertaining novel about the complicated relationships of the Bliss family The interactions between the different family members are at times easy and at other times full of typical family dynamics The story alternates between the present time and the past when the children were all very young We see what happened over the years between the kids and their parents The four siblings have had a mostly close, but sometimes complicated relationship over the years It The Thing About Clare was an entertaining novel about the complicated relationships of the Bliss family The interactions between the different family members are at times easy and at other times full of typical family dynamics The story alternates between the present time and the past when the children were all very young We see what happened over the years between the kids and their parents The four siblings have had a mostly close, but sometimes complicated relationship over the years It is only after their mother passes away that things become really strained Secrets and misunderstandings create problems and mistrust between them all Can they get through this time and repair their relationships Author Imogen Clark has filled her story with both deep emotion and moments of humor flag Like see review Jan 09, 2019 Jamma rated it liked it The Thing about Clare is the story of Dorothy and Frank and their children Miriam the eldest daughter followed by Clare and Anna the youngest Then there s Sebastian the youngest child by far and the only boy Dorothy was Irish and I just loved the author s portrayal of her no nonsense approach to motherhood and yet she was kindly Then there was Frank who had the opinion why use five words when you can use twenty five He was a journalist so the family was used to his flowery way with words The Thing about Clare is the story of Dorothy and Frank and their children Miriam the eldest daughter followed by Clare and Anna the youngest Then there s Sebastian the youngest child by far and the only boy Dorothy was Irish and I just loved the author s portrayal of her no nonsense approach to motherhood and yet she was kindly Then there was Frank who had the opinion why use five words when you can use twenty five He was a journalist so the family was used to his flowery way with words I loved this book It was very well written and well paced and kept my interest from start to finish I enjoyed the dynamics of the family past and present I found the story funny and witty yet poignant and touching Recommended Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Sep 06, 2018 Laurie rated it really liked it There seems to be an imperceptible bond which ties siblings together for always This theme is a very important part of this novel.Dorothy is loving and kind but way too soft As the matriarch, she tries very hard to keep her family together while her husband hardly tries at all.Their children at times have uneasy and contentious relationships However, they come to each others assistance whenever there is a crisis,A new development brings about an impasse and they are forced to look into their There seems to be an imperceptible bond which ties siblings together for always This theme is a very important part of this novel.Dorothy is loving and kind but way too soft As the matriarch, she tries very hard to keep her family together while her husband hardly tries at all.Their children at times have uneasy and contentious relationships However, they come to each others assistance whenever there is a crisis,A new development brings about an impasse and they are forced to look into their family interactions and attitudes This book touches on some typical family situations, with no answers but offers reflection Do parents really have a favorite amongst their children Is there a conflict between nature and nurture This story will bring some insights which are quite interesting.An intriguing family story flag Like see review Nov 16, 2018 Di Worley rated it really liked it review of another edition Families A story that covers many aspects of family life, focused on the four siblings 3 girls and then a boy that was a surprise for all of them About looking out for each other when the chips were down, the changing tides of the relationships between them The loss of a dream for one, the roller coaster of circumstances from disaster to disaster, the burden of a secret for another and tragedy blighting a perfectly happy family unit It asks us to think about nurture versus nature and that f Families A story that covers many aspects of family life, focused on the four siblings 3 girls and then a boy that was a surprise for all of them About looking out for each other when the chips were down, the changing tides of the relationships between them The loss of a dream for one, the roller coaster of circumstances from disaster to disaster, the burden of a secret for another and tragedy blighting a perfectly happy family unit It asks us to think about nurture versus nature and that family, no matter how they drive you mad, will usually pull together in times of crisis Do genes matter in a family or is it the bond built up over a lifetime matter Many interesting issues raised by this book I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Bestselling author Imogen Clark writes contemporary women s fiction about the secrets that hide at the heart of the families that she creates She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and children who hopefully have no such secrets to tell Imogen s first book POSTCARDS FROM A STRANGER reached the top of the Kindle Charts in both the UK and Australia Her second book THE THING ABOUT CLARE w Bestselling author Imogen Clark writes contemporary women s fiction about the secrets that hide at the heart of the families that she creates She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and children who hopefully have no such secrets to tell Imogen s first book POSTCARDS FROM A STRANGER reached the top of the Kindle Charts in both the UK and Australia Her second book THE THING ABOUT CLARE will be released on 1st December Book 3 is currently under wraps but will hopefully appear next summer.Imogen initially qualified as a lawyer but after leaving her legal career behind to care for her four children, she returned to her first love books She went back to University, studying part time whilst the children were at school and graduated with a BA in English Literature with First Class Honours.Imogen s great love is travel and she is always planning her next adventure If you d like to connect then please visit her website at imogenclark where you can also download a FREE heartwarming short story, The Bucket List, when you subscribe to her email list Imogen can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Imogen Clark at Home


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    1. Favorite Quotes An argument was never very far away from her sister Even when they were kids, Clare could start a row in an empty room It was funny how they d all just grown up into older versions of how were they were as children It was barely recognisable as the beautiful cherub in the Bounty Baby pictures that Frank had convinced her to pose for in the early days of motherhood, back before she decided that her child was a test sent to her by the Devil himself Indignation radiated from the Fav [...]


    2. Sometimes keeping secrets has unforeseen circumstances. The Thing About Clare is an emotional rollercoaster with many ups and downs and some surprises along the way It is a poignant story that is both moving and touching This is another book I am adding to my keeper shelf and another addition to my top reads for the year Ms Clark is a fantastic author who will draw you right in and never let you go How sharper than a serpent s tooth it is to have a thankless child. There are many m [...]


    3. THE THING ABOUT CLARE was my Kindle First selection for this month and, though this is completely out of my usual genre, I thought the premise sounded rather interesting Though I do have to say I correctly guessed what the thing about Clare actually was before it was even introduced into the story That being said, it didn t ruin the story for me as I do love trying to figure out what secrets are what and the fact that I often do never spoils the story I just enjoy the journey.This book is a THE [...]


    4. November s Kindle First I didn t think this was a particularly original book and I found sections of it to be overblown and overlong which became a bit tedious and a lot of it seemed to centre around rather dull food It s a family dynamic book with a skeleton in the closet of which there are plenty of better books around The characters were quite interesting of the four siblings Clare was the most colourful I particularly enjoyed it when she went through her anarchic punk phase, esp November s [...]


    5. The Thing About Clare by author Imogen Clark is a witty and moving novel about family, secrets and siblings It follows a complicated bunch of siblings after the death of their mother Really a great book, definitely one I would recommend Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of The Thing About Clare in exchange for an honest review.


    6. This book came to my Fire due to the Giveaway I thought that I really enjoyed it, then realized that I enjoyed that I could read it quickly The reason for the quick read was the lack of character development of the oldest daughter, and the son The greatest mention for each of them was a loss for both a life changing loss neither of which was fleshed out at all I find myself wishing that this book was the first in a series, the focus on one relationship and then another I guess if books a This bo [...]


    7. Siblings Each family has different dynamics, each child has distinct characteristics Clare has always seemed different than her siblingsBeats to her own drummer Why The writing is excellent, you get a vivid picture of each member of the family And the different dynamics of each within Unfortunately for me, the story itself was a little flat Seemed like a long, drawn out story Could have been summed up in a short story Ending was disappointing Have never read this author but Would try Siblings Ea [...]


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