The Unknown Bridesmaid by Margaret Forster

82%

6 Critic Reviews

A carefully considered character study that digs deep to explore the ways the past can shade and shape the present.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

When Julia was eight, she was asked to be a bridesmaid at her beautiful cousin Iris' wedding. Her mother saw this as a chore - expensive, inconvenient - but Julia was thrilled. When the time came, even the fact that her bridesmaid's dress didn't fit, and was plain cream rather than the pink she'd hoped for, couldn't ruin the day. But after this, things began to go wrong for Julia, starting with an episode involving her cousin's baby, a pram and a secret trip round the block. A lifetime later, Julia is a child psychologist who every day deals with young girls said to be behaving badly. Some are stealing, some are running away from home, some are terribly untidy, some won't eat or get out of bed. Julia has a special knack with these girls. She understands which really are troubled, and which are at the mercy of the way they are seen by the adults around them. But one day, Julia's own troubled past starts to creep into her present. And as she struggles to understand her childhood self, she must confront the possibility that the truth may not be as devastating as she feared.
 

About Margaret Forster

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Margaret Forster has written many successful and acclaimed novels including Diary of an Ordinary Woman and recently Keeping the World Away. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published September 2, 2014 by Europa. 244 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Unknown Bridesmaid
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Jul 24 2014

A carefully considered character study that digs deep to explore the ways the past can shade and shape the present.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Michelle wildgen on Sep 19 2014

...a final reiteration of previous ideas isn’t enough to satisfy. That doesn’t prevent “The Unknown Bridesmaid” from being a mesmerizing, unsettling novel.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Day on Mar 09 2013

I hope that Margaret Forster gets the recognition she deserves for this one.

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Express

Good
on Mar 01 2013

You pity Julia the child and dislike Julia the adult but the final line of this compassionate novel might well make you weep.

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We Love This Book

Excellent
on Feb 28 2013

The Unknown Bridesmaid is a fantastic novel which draws the reader deeply into the story and then springs surprise after surprise upon an audience that has fallen for the protagonist.

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The Spectator

Good
on Mar 16 2013

The imaginative structure and the energy of the story give it a greater distinction and make you entirely interested in Julia.

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