HQ Stories 23rd January 2020 (Hardback)
Karen is driving through a strange landscape into a new life. Always a city girl, now she is on her way to an idyllic country cottage, refurbished for her with impeccable taste by her husband Nick. They’re making a fresh start.
But something is awry in the new house – it’s not just the fact that Karen and Nick are ill at ease in one another’s company – that their recent history is far from picture perfect, it’s the whole vibe. The landscape is breathtaking by day, eerie by night. If the countryside is supposed to be a place of peace, far away from curtain-twitchers, who is the person watching them from the hill? And who are their new neighbours?
With Karen only recently emerging from a dark place in her life, can she find the trust in her husband to let go of events that have followed them to their new house?
Firstly thank you to HQ Stories for inviting me to be involved in this blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.
A new start in the country, out of the London rat race is just what Karen and Nick need. But there is more to this move and the truth emerges as the story progresses. Intriguing and suspenseful this book kept me guessing, compelling me to read more…
Told in the first person voice of Karen, she was a character I initially found weak and flaky but she grew on me as I continued reading and she elicited my sympathies as I, alongside her began to understand more about her situation.
Set in a tiny village in Surrey the cast is small and everyone knows everyone else, community life at its best, but there are secrets and lies aplenty and loyalties are unclear. I enjoyed the writing of this book and it kept my attention well. It isn’t especially fast paced and could perhaps best be described as a study of marriage / family life. We caught glimpses of the lives of the other villagers and lots was alluded to through Karen’s eyes.
Not a particularly easy book to review but an enjoyable read none the less, not fast paced but a relatively quick and easy read. The ending was left a little open with lots left unanswered, which was fine as it left the reader to draw their own conclusions. That said the very ending felt empowering and satisfying. Overall a good read.
About the Author
Felicity Everett grew up in Manchester and studied English Literature at Sussex University. She worked in children’s publishing in London, while raising a family and is the author of more than twenty works of children’s fiction and non-fiction. After a short career beak, Felicity returned to writing full-time and in 2011 published her debut novel, The Story or Us, a funny and touching account of the friendships forged between five women at University in the 1980s. Her second novel, The People at Number 9, published in April 2017, is a dark satire on sex, envy and betrayal in the suburbs. Felicity has recently returned from a few years living in Melbourne, with her husband and now lives in Gloucestershire.
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