Available today in paperback is the book everyone will be talking about this holiday season. SEVEN DAYS OF US is the perfect read to appreciate your holiday craziness and that maybe you don’t have it so bad!
It’s Christmas, and the Birch family is gathering for the first time in years. Emma is elated to have her family under one roof, even if the circumstances are unusual. Her elder daughter Olivia is only home because she has nowhere else to go. She’s just returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too will her family. For the next seven days, no one can leave the house, and no one can enter. It doesn’t sound too hard. but a week with your nearest and dearest can feel like eternity, especially when everyone has a secret. One of who is about to come knocking.
I read SEVEN DAYS OF US this summer and was sucked in immediately.
This story of a family was almost like watching a train wreck. You want to look away but you can’t. Every member of the family has a secret and they are all under quarantine together for seven days over the Christmas holiday. The story is told uniquely with each chapter starting with the character, the room of the house, and the day and time. I was completely fascinated with their stories and wondered how their secrets would collide….because you know they are all going to come out eventually. It’s set in London, which seems to make any novel better somehow.
I had a bit a difficulty with keeping the characters straight at the beginning mainly because I thought the names were wrong for the characters. But, if you keep a post-it note handy with all the characters that will help. Otherwise, I really thought this was a fun story full of bad decisions, family chaos, and relatable characters, each with a secret big enough to swallow them up and change the course of their lives.
If you like to read Christmas-themed books to get you in the holiday mood, this one may not be the typical joyous family occasion, but one that will make you appreciate your own family chaos over the holiday season.
SEVEN DAYS OF US is available now in paperback. Click the photo below to purchase it.
Francesca Hornak is a British author, journalist and former columnist for the Sunday Times. Her debut novel Seven Days Of Us will be published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in October 2017. Little Island Productions has pre-empted TV rights to the book.
Francesca’s work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Metro, Elle, Grazia, Stylist, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Red. She is the author of two nonfiction books, History of the World in 100 Modern Objects: Middle Class Stuff (and Nonsense) and Worry with Mother: 101 Neuroses for the Modern Mama. You can connect with Hornak on Twitter, HERE. You can see all of Francesca Hornak’s books, HERE.