The Image of Her
The perfect bookclub read to get you all talking
by Sonia Velton
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 22 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 02 Aug 2021
Quercus Books, Quercus
Stella and Connie have never met and never will. So why is Stella stalking Connie's every move on social media?
Stella lives with her mother, a smothering narcissist. Her world has shrunk since the terrible accident that left her a shut-in. Her days are broken up by deliveries from a courier that she always returns and by the irresistible urge to watch the life of a stranger - beautiful Connie - unfold on social media. But why is she so drawn to a woman she has never met? And what caused the accident she doesn't want to speak about?
Connie is an expat living in Dubai with her partner, Mark, and their two children. On the face of it she wants for nothing and yet she fears that her husband is turning into a stranger. When she finds herself drawn into the lives of the local domestic helpers, she discovers that there are dark secrets in this glittering city.
Two women with nothing in common except a twist of fate. What happens when their lives collide?
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Average rating from 134 members
A stunning read which draws you in from the first page and doesn't let you go. What is the mystery? Is Mark, the link between Stella and Connie, a bigamist, an abuser? How can you stop reading even though you feel you are being cleverly manipulated by the author.. The writing is of such a high literary standard that I have marked so many beautiful passages of description, of emotion. Stella, the main protagonist, feeds you with cameos of her childhood where she basked in the love of her father while giving you hints of the malignancy of her beautiful mother. It is the relationship with her mother that drives much of Stella's narrative - a narrative that she shares with the mysterious Connie. Connie becomes better known to us by the literary skill of Sonia Velton. As Connie shares details of her life as a mother, a wife to Mark, a daughter-in-law, we as readers become 'Team Connie' as we realise what an impossible task she has to keep everyone happy, and rarely succeeding. There are so many twists and turns - even as the mystery is solved, there are still major revelations to keep us reading. An outstanding book which will surely be on the list of the top books of 2021. Impeccable research has produced a novel which needed writing.