“She was a daughter; a wife; a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?”
– Compulsively readable and haunting, this is the debut novel from Book Club champion Judy Finnigan. After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise’s death was not all it seems.
Published by Sphere on 11th October 2012
RRP Price: £16.98 (Hardback original)
Reviewer: Lisa, Brampton, Cumbria
The book is set in Cornwall, not long after Cath’s friend Eloise has died from a long-suffering fight with cancer. Cath has suffered from depression in the past and her husband, Chris, is concerned that she is heading for another nervous breakdown after she starts seeing Eloise in her disturbing dreams.
There are a few small twists in the plot and at times it keeps you riveted, wanting to know what is going to happen to Eloise’s young twin daughters. Coupled with finding out about Eloise’s past life, makes for an interesting and gripping read.
I wasn’t sure, when first picking up this book, whether this would be ‘my type of book’, but after reading the first couple of chapters I was hooked and couldn’t put it down! The writing style isn’t complicated but a nice, easy to read style with plenty of descriptive paragraphs in it, telling of the winding lanes and the beach in Cornwall. Most of the characters are likable and it was easy to identify with them and their lifestyle.
I would recommend this book to other people; it was easy to read, no complicated plots and not too many characters that you couldn’t keep track of them. All in all, a good read!