About the Book
Can you paint over the cracks in a marriage?
Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past.
A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right?
But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling. And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself.
From the author of the bestselling The People at Number 9 comes a dark and redemptive tale of a rural dream gone wrong…
What I thought
I really enjoyed this book. There isn’t a huge plot to it, it’s more an observation of a marriage. When Karen moves from London to their new house out in the countryside with her husband Nick it’s for a fresh start. When you first meet up with both the central characters, as Nick shows his wife around their recently revamped countryside home, you get the impression something has gone before. Something that caused a big upheaval both in their lives and within their marriage but they seem happy together, excited at the prospect of something new.
But as the pages are turned and you get further into the book and further into their lives, you realise there are still cracks in the marriage. That element of trust is wavering, does Nick want what’s best for his wife or is he perhaps a little too over protective to the extent of controlling?
Then there’s the strained relationship between Nick and their nineteen year old son Ethan
There’s also village life within the story too. A charity auction, a birthday get together for one of the neighbours. They all add their own small side plots to what is going on between Karen and her husband, plenty to keep the reader interested.
The premise of the book reminded me in some ways of Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan, though I wasn’t too keen on that book. This is more of a modern day version of a struggling marriage whereas I thought the O’Flanagan book was a little outdated.
It is told in the first person by Karen. I liked her character who can at times be lacking in self confidence, often doubting her own mind but nevertheless always feeling a little reticent about her husbands motives, that nagging doubt about whether she can fully trust him.
I enjoyed it and liked the ending, perhaps to be expected but nevertheless I thought it concluded the book well.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
Thank you to HQ publishers for a paperback proof of this book which I won way back in the summer of 2019.
The e-book is due for publication on 23 January and in paperback on 20 August, just in time for a summer read.