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Coming to Find You

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Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Coming to Find You is a dual timeline thriller with some interesting characters. I enjoyed the WWII storyline more than the present day storyline, and at times really wondered where things would twist. That being said, I felt the twists weren’t wholly satisfying or all that mysterious. The present day storyline does away with the tension you usually get in a thriller pretty early on, which kind of ruined the pacing. Although there is a tie between the two storylines, it didn’t feel concrete enough.

All in all, this was an enjoyable, but not stand out, read.

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A very interesting historical novel, combining the present and the past through alternating stories. The reveal of the big secret was supposedly life changing was actually somewhat disappointing ….didn’t really feel like it should have been sooo significant. Otherwise I enjoyed it and there were a few unexpected things happening.

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I really enjoyed “Coming to Find You”. The synopsis I read didn’t lead me to believe that it was as much of a historical fiction based story as it was. Although there was suspense within the two timelines the story was told from, there was much more of a historical focus than I had anticipated (not usually the genre I gravitate towards). However, I did like this plot line, and I found Cory’s writing to be great. I will definitely look for another release from this author in the future.
Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for this ARC!

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This story was interesting for most of the book. It had a dual timeline between current day and the main Character Nancy and the World War 2 period where it focuses on a woman named Elizabeth who runs a guest house with her husband. We meet Elizabeth just as her only child, her son Robert has left to fight in the war, against her wishes. Elizabeth's story focuses on how she is helping her best friend Adeline and the war efforts by taking in evacuees (in her case she takes on a male schoolteacher and two of his students (little girls of about 6 or 7). Elizabeth's husband Henry, who is a bitter man since he fought in the first war, is against them taking anyone in who is not a "PG" (paying guest). Elizabeth's story progresses through the war and her efforts to help and the difficulties and danger she experiences. We also learn that Elizabeth's best friend Adeline is actually Nancy's grandmother and Violet, who is Adeline's illegitimate child, is Nancy's mother. Nancy on the other hand, in present-day, is hiding from the press and the big City of London at a vacation home she spent summers at as a young girl. She is hiding after the murder of her mother and stepfather. The trial was all over the news and her stepbrother is now in prison for the crime. We learn about some trauma in Nancy's past and her stepbrother (Martin)'s apparent obsession with her. We slowly see the story unravel that reveals not only Nancy's past trauma, but the details surrounding the night of the murders and the truth about what really happened. The ending, after all is revealed is tidy, but both stories (past and present) are satisfyingly resolved.

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Unfortunately I DNF this book around 30%. I just couldn't get into it and the frequent switch between present and past made it difficult for me to get into the story.

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Coming to find you - Jane Corry

Coming to find you was surprisingly a dual timeline. One modern day triller and the other was a WW2. Both timelines were based mainly at Three Chimneys.

Some aspects I absolutely loved about this book, but I did find myself putting the book down for months at a time and struggling to get back into it. I think due to the very different typical book genres.

Jane’s writing is absolutely beautiful and I do look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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This book grabbed my attention right away! I definitely expected it to be more of a thriller but a huge part of the book is based on World War II. That being said it’s also my first book that I’ve read that had historical fiction in it and it was my favourite part!

The story line was very intriguing in that it kept you wanting to read and see how both timelines played out.

The only reason for my lack of star is the ending. I felt like everything tied up and then the last bit of story just kind of dragged. But, that being said it did not ruin the book for me in the slightest!

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Thank you / Doubleday Canada for the ALC and Penguin Random House Canada / Netgalley #partner, for the advanced e-copy of Coming to Find you in exchange for my honest review.

I have been meaning to read Jane Corry for some time so when I was approached about her latest novel, I didn’t hesitate. And I’m glad I did…it was quite a pleasant surprise, blending psychological suspense and historical fiction in quite the captivating read.

I am always a fan of books that have a strong sense of setting and we definitely have that here. Tall Chimneys, the secluded inn is as much a character in this book as Nancy and everyone else. It has seen its fair share of secrets over time and I loved the way the story was centered around this place. Moving back and forth in time, we come to find out that there are secrets not only from the night Nancy’s mother and stepfather were killed, but also decades ago when her grandmother lived in the house.

There is the sense of unease throughout and it drips with atmosphere. What is it that both these women did that haunt them? This book really kept me on my toes as I tried to work it out, and while I enjoyed the dual timeline, I do have to say, I was more invested in the past timeline than the present.

I look forward to reading more of this author’s work…the question is where to start?

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This was a little sluggish at times but the flashback story was unexpected and really interesting. I didn’t feel like the story dug deep enough to really get a feel for the main character but the ending was still a satisfying one.

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I just finished Coming to find you by Jane Corry and here is my review.

Nancy is living the ultimate nightmare. Her mother and step-father have been murdered. The worst part, her step-brother has been convicted of the murders. Getting hounded by the press, Nancy flees to tall chimneys. The place has been rented out for years and Nancy hasn’t been back there in a long time. The place belonged to her grandmother and holds its own war time secrets.

Someone manages to track her there and sends her a letter. They know the truth about that night and they will lay all her secrets bare.

I really liked the premise of this book. What I didn’t know was that it straddled two timelines and honestly, they felt like two very different books. I didn’t feel the kind of cohesion that books straddling two different timelines usually have. It felt unnecessary to jump to the past. It didn’t serve the present day at all and took away from the thriller aspect of the book.

I didn’t much care for any of the characters in the present timeline but I did quite like them in the past. It was quite a conundrum for me. It wasn’t a bad book, just had some pretty glaring issues with it. It didn’t stop me finishing it but I felt the end was quite predictable.

3.5 stars

Thank you @netgalley and @penguinrandomca for my gifted copy

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“There’s nothing to fear in life but fear itself.”

Two women. Two crimes. Two Fates. One house.

On publication day, I read a review of Coming To Find You by Jane Corry and immediately skipped to my computer and requested a review copy. I wasn’t expecting the lovely folks at Penguin Random House Canada to grant my request, so I was surprised when less than 24h later, the ARC appeared on my Kindle. I’d never heard of the author before. I’d never seen the book reviewed before. This shows the power of word of mouth!

Am I ever glad I took a chance!

This is a SPECTACULAR blend of historical fiction and psychological suspense! I binge-read it today. I want to grab a megaphone and encourage everyone I meet today to pick up this book.

Elizabeth Montague runs a boarding house, Tall Chimneys, in Sidmouth, a coastal Devonshire town when she’s reluctantly recruited into Churchill’s Secret Army.

Eighty years later, Nancy Greenfield, takes refuge in the same house on Cliff Road when her stepbrother is sent to prison. Not only is Nancy living ‘the silent sentence of shame’ but she’s also on the run, hounded by the press who claim that Nancy knows more than she’s letting on. Can Elizabeth’s wartime secrets help Nancy survive?

“I honestly don’t know which one is the real me.”

I LOVED the unreliable narrators. I didn’t know who to trust. The secrets just kept piling up and balanced the fascinating historical fiction timeline perfectly. I appreciated the reminder that people aren’t always what you think they are, that there are some things that can’t be told to anyone, and that none of us know what someone is capable of. Including ourselves. Corry highlights the wartime thought that people didn’t know what the future held, so they grabbed opportunities that they normally wouldn’t have so rashly taken and reminds us that nobody was the same after the wartime experience.

I was excited to learn about carriers of a Fairbairn-Sykes knife, HMP Knockton, why there were no station announcements or signs on train travel during the war, and about dead letter boxes. I was driven to Google ‘conchie’ and ‘grockle’ and was excited to discover ‘why’ I clean when I’m stressed.

Corry has given me lots to consider - especially the concept of emotional footprints that we leave behind in houses.

Is the history of Tall Chimneys best left in the past? You’ll have to decide for yourself.

I was gifted this copy by Penguin Random House Canada, Doubleday Canada and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

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I was expecting pure thriller but this was so much more. It well exceeded my expectations!
This was a dual timeline POV between Nancy, who witnessed the murder of her mom and stepfather, and Elizabeth, during WWII.
The majority of the story took place in Tall Chimneys (which was in England),an older boarding house turned summer home. The dual timeline was amazing in telling the story of how Tall Chimneys was not only for paying guests but for Evacuees during the war. In present time, it was Nancy's families holiday home.
It all came full circle when Nancy decided to open the home to foster children.
Elizabeth's story and Nancy's story was brought together so perfectly!
Both Nancy and Elizabeth had to come to terms with something horrific they both did. Elizabeth was also best friends with Nancy's grandmother.
I love historical fiction and thrillers so this was the best of both!
There was so much I loved about this!
I highly reccomend this!

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A dark, twisty, dual timeline murder mystery that is at times bloodchilling and at others more quietly domestic. I did feel like there was a LOT going on, including lots of morally questionable decisions featuring women killing to defend themselves. My first book by this author and definitely an author I'd like to read more of. Recommended for fans of authors like Liz Nugent. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review!

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With historical fiction themes, Coming to Find You links Nancy’s narrative as she struggles to deal with the death of her stepfather and mother and her stepbrother’s double murder conviction with Elizabeth’s life in WW2. I enjoyed the ways these stories weaved together.
Good read. Recommended.

* I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada, Doubleday Canada in exchange for my honest review

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If you love dual timelines then this one's for you. I enjoyed both time periods, with preference given to the historical WWII timeline.

Present Day - We meet Nancy Greenfield who has recently suffered a devastating family tragedy. Her step-brother has just been sentenced to prison for murdering Nancy's mother and step-father.  Before that event, Nancy was engaged to be married. Now, at age thirty-six, she has broken off the engagement. She is naturally distrustful of men in general due to an event in her adolescence. She has been traumatized by the killing of her mother, has come to loathe her step-brother, yet still she feels guilty.... Why?

To escape the paparazzi, Nancy leaves her job and flat in London and travels down to Devon to stay in her grandmother's house that she inherited. It is a large dwelling which was once a boarding house. The home brings back many memories for Nancy, not all of them good. When the paparazzi find her bolt-hole, she adopts a large dog called Sheba, who comforts her into a semblance of security. She makes new friends and even takes on a new job. But Nancy's new life is threatened...

World War II - We meet Elizabeth who is married and the mother of a teenage son. Elizabeth and her odious husband Henry take in paying guests. When her beloved only son joins the army to fight in the war, her heart breaks. As a way of distracting herself, and also to support the war effort, she takes in two young female evacuees and their teacher. Her experiences during the war make quite an impact on future generations and most importantly on her best friend Adeline, (who was Nancy's grandmother).

This story kept me spellbound throughout. The modern day thriller was combined expertly with a moving and suspenseful story of life during WWII. It spoke to how war changes everyone, and resets their priorities. Both timelines explored what can make, or break, a person's moral and ethical beliefs. What constitutes compassion, what constitutes courage...

The idyllic setting of coastal Devon greatly added to my enjoyment of the book. It was set in the real town of Sidmouth, and the place and its history added interest to the already gripping tale. The house in the story, called 'Tall Chimneys', was a character in its own right and tied the two storylines together neatly.

Once again Jane Corry has written a compelling and tension-filled novel with many serious themes running throughout. Highly recommended!

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Thank you @netgalley and @penguinrandomhouse for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I felt like there was a lot to unpack in this one, and although I understand the connection the story did feel quite disconnected.

Even in the brightest and lightest of places there can be some darkness, it just depends on what you’re willing to accept as justifiable.

The historical fiction aspects in the POV from the Second World War was amazing. I loved hearing about Elizabeth and Adeline, the history of the boarding house- Tall Chimneys- and how Elizabeth had such a nurturing heart.

The present POV follows Nancy in the aftermath of the murder of her mother, and stepfather at the hands of her stepbrother, Martin. She escapes to Tall Chinneys to get away from the media, and the truth about that night.

The present and past are connected through this house. Elizabeth passed the ownership of Tall Chimneys on to Adeline who was Nancy’s grandmother.

As Nancy runs from her truth and stepbrother, the truth about Tall Chimneys is just as shocking as it gets revealed.

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Coming to find you tells the tale of two stories in different time periods that intertwine.

Set in the past we learn about our MC Nancys grandmother during the time of WWII.

In present day Nancy has decided to take some rest bite and hide away from the media in her grandmothers home. Her step brother has just been accused of the murder of her mother and father and she is trying to avoid the chaos surrounding the trial.

There is a lot going on in both time lines, a mysteries to be solved where everything will come together in the end.

This book is fast paced that drops you in the deep end of the drama right from the get go, so if you are not a fan of slow paced thrillers; this could be the perfect read for you.

This is a dark mystery full of intrigue and tense atmospheric vibes and the sensation of being pursued.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for a copy of this book! 🩵

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I have decided to DNF this book at 36%. I am really struggling to follow the story and why we are jumping back between 1940's and what I think is present day? There seems to be no real connection between the two timelines other than the house.
Nancy (is that her name?) is a flat character with seemingly no real personality. Considering she is someone who's connected to a murder and seems to be hiding the truth, she is quite boring.
I don't really understand what Elizabeth's story is other than to give us background on the house? It's all very choppy and doesn't flow well together for me.
I am getting some vibes of parental SA which there was no trigger warning for, but I am uncomfortable with the way things seem to be panning out. As well. I was not really prepared to read a World War 2 story this close to Christmas so I think I will set this aside for now and revisit in the future.

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Unfortunately, this was a DNF for me. The synopsis sounded great, but I did not like the
main character at all, and I found myself very bored by the story.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free arc of this book in exchange for an honest review

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I DNF'd this one. It was dull, none of the characters were intriguing me and the story was just meh. This is not for me.

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