Dead To Me by Lesley Pearse ~Goodreads~
Published by Penguin Books 2016
Paperback edition 512 pages ~Book Depository~
When Ruby and Verity met as girls they came from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless, they became firm friends. However, fortunes are not set in stone and soon the girls find their situations reversed. As Ruby goes up in the world, Verity encounters more and more tragedy, but still the girls remain a large part of each other’s lives. That is, until one day in 1938 when Ruby says the terrible words ‘You’re dead to me’ and it looks like their friendship might be over for good . . .
Set during WWII, Verity and Ruby are from different backgrounds who soon come together and witness a body being pulled from the swimming ponds and form a firm friendship over the years to come.
Both girls had troubled childhoods, but where Ruby finds happiness Verity finds her past catching up with her. Then when an incident occurs their friendship is turned upside down with Ruby sending Verity a letter quoting “you’re dead to me” and so their friendship seems to draw to a close…
Lesley Pearse is superb at bringing out every emotion in her writing as we join the girls on their experiences you could never imagine happening to a child. I was heartbroken by how both these good natured women went through so much at such an early age, but what made it hopeful was their bond with each other which brought out the importance and grace of friendship.
Ruby was definitely the stronger one out of the two, she picked herself up and started over with a matter-of-fact attitude which I loved, whereas Verity was much more vulnerable from keeping her secret buried for so long- eating away at her. I could most definitely see myself in both women, Ruby is who I would like to be more like but the vulnerability in Verity is perhaps more evident at times.
Like with every Lesley Pearse book there is something here for everyone to enjoy. A story of love, friendship, and life’s challenges rolled into one. I loved the uncertainty but also the hope that the plot brought it was almost as if Lesley was writing someone’s real life story, and having two strong female leads made it even more powerful to read.
I will continue to enjoy Lesley’s books and I’m excited to see what she comes up with next!