Perfect for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Elizabeth Strout, Patrick McGrath and Nathan Filer. Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did. Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life. Faye is left wondering how to move forward, and whether or not Ethan will let her down again. And when she tells her friends, the news ripples through their lives too. Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage – and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind. Poor Olivia is juggling her job and her boyfriend with supporting her friends and trying to deal with a death of her own. And Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest – even though she never knew him. Is she about to take her own life too? While the four friends take it in turns to explain what happens after Jack’s suicide, third-person flashbacks are skillfully interwoven to add a real richness and depth to this heart-wrenching story. Praise for The Second Cup”Emotionally challenging and highly original, The Second Cup proves a powerful debut for Graye and a hard book to put down.” – Book Viral”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.” – Princess of the Light “Tragically woven into the plot is the intense depiction of life’s struggles: love lost, divorce, adoption, suicide, bullying, mental illness and disease. Graye takes you into the minds and souls of her characters.” – Cheryl, Readers’ Favorite”I couldn’t put it down – the story is that enthralling.” – Circle of Books “For what seems like a relatively simple story, there were a lot of insights into mental health, self-confidence and the insecurities people have in everyday life.” – Online Book Club “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.” – Heidi, Goodreads
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Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing… until aged 9, when she was diagnosed with depression. It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision. Now in her early 40s, and with an MA Creative Writing from London South Bank University (where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder), Sarah Marie has published her debut novel – about family, friendships and mental health.