To Dare

To Dare : (A Sainsbury's Magazine Book Club pick)

3.67 (354 ratings by Goodreads)
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'An exploration of what it means to be a woman, a moral person, a parent, and a neighbour' Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days and Harmless Like You

'Tense, dark and so real as to be almost unbearable, this novel is utterly compelling' Rosamund Lupton, international bestselling author of Sister and Three Hours

Sainsbury's Magazine Book Club Choice

Veronica and her wealthy husband George are unpacking boxes, hoping a fresh start in their newly refurbished Victorian terrace will help them heal from a recent trauma.

Next door, Simone returns to her neglected council flat. Miserable and trapped, she struggles to take care of her children under the watch of her controlling husband Terry.

When childhood friend Sarah re-enters Veronica's life, things are thrown even further off balance. As tensions in their own lives rise, the painful memory that binds them threatens to spill into their present.

Three lives collide in this story of family, inequality and revenge.

'Vivid, poignant, and compelling' Saskia Sarginson

'One of our best writers' Louis de Bernières, author of the international bestseller Captain Corelli's Mandolin

'Irresistibly entertaining' A.S. Hatch

'Transfixing' Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park and The Lie

'A rare example of fiction that is equally literary and commercial' Ophelia Field, author of The Favourite

'Exquisitely written' Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters

'Beautifully written' Rachael Blok

'A cut above others in this genre' WI Life magazine

Praise for Jemma Wayne
'Intriguing, moving, absorbing' The Times
'Frank, poignant and bitter-sweet' Edwina Currie
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22.86mm | 500g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1789559839
  • 9781789559835
  • 1,946,713

Review quote

"Dares, violent jealousies and chasms between having and not having are at the heart of this uncomfortable urban tale. Simone has found herself a new job but is biding her time to tell her angry, addicted husband Terry. Next door, Veronica has just moved into her smart new home, and from the chill of the marital bed, hears brutal body thumps against the party wall. Then Veronica runs into Sarah, her former teenage best friend, and Sarah hesitantly allows a reconnection. A power game kicks off. The collision of their lives, determined by upbringing, powers Jemma Wayne's fierce storytelling." --Sainsbury's Magazine Book Club
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About Jemma Wayne

Jemma Wayne is the author of two previous novels: After Before and Chains of Sand. She has been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for both the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize and the Waverton Good Read Award. Jemma's journalism has appeared in the Spectator, National Geographic, Huffington Post, Evening Standard, Independent on Sunday, Red Magazine, Jewish Chronicle, and Jewish News, among others.
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Rating details

354 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 21% (74)
4 38% (135)
3 30% (107)
2 9% (31)
1 2% (7)
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