One day. Sixteen songs. The soundtrack of a lifetime…
Alone in her studio, Cass Wheeler is taking a journey back into her past. After a silence of ten years, the singer-songwriter is picking the sixteen tracks that have defined her – sixteen key moments in her life – for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits album.
In the course of this one day, both ordinary and extraordinary, the story of Cass’s life emerges – a story of highs and lows, of music, friendship and ambition, of great love and great loss. But what prompted her to retreat all those years ago, and is there a way for her to make peace with her past?
Daughter. Mother. Singer. Lover. What are the memories that mean the most?
I devoured The Versions of Us over a year ago and adored every single sentence. I never could have guessed I’d be reviewing a proof of Laura Barnett’s new novel. This is quite exciting for me. The Versions of Us was a book that blew me away. The characters, the structure, the prose, everything was utterly marvellous. And Greatest Hits for me is just as good if not better! I loved this novel!
Greatest Hits tells the story of Cass Wheeler, talented singer song-writer, who has been missing from the music world for decades, living a reclusive existence with her memories for company. In a huge comeback, Cass records an album of her Greatest Hits. Alternating between the past and present, we follow Cass as she grows from a young girl into the very succesful musician she has come to be. But tragedy and sadness pave the path of her musical career. The ups and downs will pull at your heartstrings and Cass will take you on a journey you will never forget.
Cass is quite a complex character. Abandoned by her mother at a young age and suffering from the loveless relationship from the years before, she has experienced her fair share of trials and tribulations. Her life has dealt hands that are as sorrowful as they are heartbreaking. Penned by this author, you can’t help but be drawn into Cass’s world and feel the full force of the emotions bursting from the pages. Barnett’s insight for exploring the smallest nuances of a character’s personality are enough to keep them lingering in your mind for weeks after reading the final sentence.
As with The Versions of Us, this novel is a profoundly touching and engrossing tale. Barnett’s writing is lyrical and moving, her unique way of telling a story truly amazing. I can’t wait to read her next novel! I have no doubt it will be as unique as this and The Versions of Us.
This is an unforgettable tale of love, loss and the journey we go on to come to terms with our mistakes. Lyrical, enchanting and beautiful. A novel to treasure!
Poetic. Moving. Exquisite.
If you would like to read Greatest Hits here is the link
And here is the link to a wonderful video of Laura Barnett and Kathryn Williams on their collaboration!
Huge thanks to Rebecca Grey for my review copy!