I am a huge fan of Jane Corry so was very excited to get an ARC. A very interesting thriller told from two different perspectives and then you have some flashbacks thrown in as well from a third party.
I enjoyed the first 80% of the novel and when I thought the story is now done it seemed there was still 20% left to read on my kindle. In my honest opinion the last 20% brought nothing to the book and was really unnecassary and irrelevant to the preceding story. I wish the editors would remove this part which could've been tied up in a couple of pages of epilogue if they really felt it needed to be added to the novel.
I received this book with thanks to Netgalley and the publisher and really enjoyed it to the point that I'm going to work my way through Jane Corry's other books. It had several twists and turns and I found it hard to put down.
Also, I didn't find it overly unrealistic, which some other thrillers can be.
This is a beautifully written novel about family secrets and the complexities of human relationships, the lies we tell and their impact across many years. The character development is incredible and with the story being told from both perspectives you get a fascinating insight into how feelings can affect interpretations. It deals with a complicated and complex subject deftly, creating an engrossing mystery that keeps you guessing to the last page.
Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher. Another great read from this author, good story line, good characters and a real page turner. Would recommend.
Emily made a serious mistake and now her career in London might be over. She seeks solace in her home Willowmead House in Cornwall. But when she arrives, stranger opens the doors, young and chic French woman is a new carer of her elderly father. Emily's suspicions are every day bigger.
After many conflicts between Emily and Francoise, father Harold dies and the doctor thinks that he was murdered. Both women are partly bad and partly good. But only one of them killed him. Which means one of them is lying.
The story flows and the characters are relatable and believable. The narrative shifts between both women and reader deduces that everything is based on a perception of events. And Harold Gently is oh so charming, yet he has a quick and fierce temper. A mixture of contradictions. Absolutely he is not what he seems to be. Everybody has secrets that weigh on them all their lives.
Beautiful and gripping read about forgiveness, empathy, understanding and above all trust and a need somewhere to belong.
I have raved about Jane Corry before but this, this is outstanding - undoubtedly her best yet. Two women, one house, both with their secrets and tied together by a man who has many secrets of his own. As each secret is revealed, new questions are raised and the depth of feeling for each character intensifies.
The ending is something of a surprise, but not a shock - I felt comfortable and satisfied by it, which doesn't always happen for me. I often find myself disappointed by rushed or lazy endings but this was perfect.
What I loved most was the way this was entirely about the women, their lives, their perspectives and their journeys. Up until I discovered Jane Corry and Lisa Jewell, this was something I'd been missing in my reading life and am overjoyed to have now.
I honestly struggled to tear myself away, reading in the car park at work and not leaving my car until the absolute last minute, but the satisfaction of the ending means that I didn't feel bereft when it was over. It was a wonderfully told, well rounded, story.
This was an intriguing read that really did leave you wondering what each character was holding back and just how everything fitted together. Emily is hiding from a mistake she made at work that had serious consequences which she’s finding it hard to face up to, when she escapes to her dads house she’s amazed to find he now has a live in carer she knew nothing of and suspects Francoise has ulterior motives. Told from both Emily and Francoise perspectives you get a good feel of their own stories and their resentments and suspicions towards the other and this ended with quite a twist yet it also oddly made sense.
Really enjoyed this book based on a omens complex relationship with her father and his new carer. Great character development that turns into a whodunit which is twisty and makes you want to keep reading. Really like this author
The 3 main characters, Emily, Harold and Francoise are well written and wholly believable, as are the emotions exchanges, particularly between the two women who are suspicious of each other and their motives for being at the house.
Emily is running from a work investigation that laves her fearing for her job and Francoise is caring for Harold, Emily's father.
There is plenty to be suspicious about and even though told from the view point of both women it is impossible to know who to trust until they finally start to trust each other.
A few years back, I read a book by Jane and LOVED it! I have tried every book she has written since then, and they all fell flat. They sound so good, but lack depth and suspense. Thank you for this copy, however I think I'm done trying to get into her books.
I am a massive fan of Jane Corry and this did not disappoint.It was well written with a fantastic storyline that was full of suspense and characters that were well developed. The plot was full of mystery, twists and unpredictablility. A really enjoyable thrilling read.
Jane Corry is fast becoming a favourite author. I did love the book. The Emily/ Francoise story line was intriguing. Kept me interested and I couldn't wait to see how it all panned out. Well written with fully fleshed 3 dimensional characters that I was invested in.
One minor gripe.- the ending went on a bit- could have been sharper. Although I liked it I felt it dragged a little
A very good read which I thoroughly enjoyed
This book leaves you asking questions throughout, who is telling the truth? is it all as it seems?
Keeping you booked with the story this is a great read!
Really this author can do no wrong. Loved this book. No surprise really as the author really has a knack to write. I think I found it believable and kept me enthralled right to the end
Jane Corry never fails to deliver a great story.
This is yet another great book with unforeseen twist after twist leaving me intrigued right to the end. I couldn't put this book down and when I had to, it had the pull to make sure I picked it back up again as soon as possible.
However, I will be honest, there were some parts in it where I had to suspend my disbelief at some of the plot devices but these parts did not spoil any enjoyment of the book, and it is fiction after all, so if this means an author has to use a bit of poetic licence in order to bring the story together and tie up loose ends, then so be it.
In all, the story and writing flowed well and the book did what I want a book to do and kept me entertained for several hours.
A new author for me and I have to say I really enjoyed it. A storyline full of intrigue that kept me gripped and was quite emotional in places. Set in the past and present and told from different perspectives with believable characters made for a cracking read and all ended with a bit of an unpredictable ending. I would recommend this book and author and I will definitely look to read more by this author.
Such an intriguing read, which ended up being completely addictive with many twists and turns. I loved it! Emily returns home to her father's after a stressful situation in her job as a midwife.. She finds a beautiful french woman Francoise looking after her ailing father...all is not quite what it seems and hereon in unravels quite a tale..who is telling the truth and what is the truth? I loved the fact that interwoven is the story of Harolds life...
A great read. Highly recommend. Kept me hooked.
I really enjoyed this book, believable characters a brilliant plot with an emotional edge to it. I’ve always loved Jane’s books and this was no exception. Five of five stars from me.
Read and reviewed in exchange for a free copy from NetGalley. Having read and enjoyed Jane Corry's other books, I was pleased the publisher invited me to read her newest novel. Although it was an easy and relatively enjoyable read, I felt it lacked tension and didn't feel Francoise's voice was that authentic. However, I was interested in Emily's story.
Thoroughly gripping read, this is the first Jane Corry book I have ever read and it certainly won’t be the last, give it a go