Review of The Last Words of Madeline Anderson by Helen Kitson

Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Julie

What they say: Once upon a time Gabrielle Price wrote and published an extraordinary novel. But twenty years on her literary star has dimmed, her “work of genius” is all but forgotten, and no further novels have materialized. She now lives an unremarkable life: middle-aged, living alone in the sleepy village she grew up in, and working as a housekeeper for the local vicar. Her lonely existence is dominated by memories of her best friend Madeleine, who died young, in tragic and mysterious circumstances. Gabrielle’s quiet world is turned upside down when she meets and befriends Simon – young, attractive, a would-be writer, and enthusiastic fan of the astonishing novel that Gabrielle published all those years ago. Charmed and flattered, she recklessly invites him into her home and her heart. But Simon is mysterious and manipulative, and it’s not long before he forces Gabrielle to confront the demons in her past. Gabrielle’s obsession begins to destroy her carefully cultivated life, and she comes to feel increasingly threatened by Simon’s presence. Who is he? Why did he seek her out? And what does he really want?

What we say: “This book is about Gabrielle, a middle aged woman living in the quiet village she grew up in and a housekeeper to the local vicar.  Her best friend Madeline tragically died when they were both young, it seems she has never got over this… why?

Gabrielle wrote and published a novel many years ago and her world is turned upside down when she meets the attractive Simon, a fan of the novel, sending her fan mail then arranging to meet him in person.

Flattered by his attraction to her, she invites him into her home, but he is devious and mysterious.  He has so much influence over her and her past and he turns her world upside down, revealing her past secrets.

This book is very gripping…. why has Simon has come into Gabrielle’s life and has this obsession with her, how does he know so much about her, who is he?

A great gripping read, highly recommended.”



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