Nuala Ellwood's debut novel kept me turning pages long past my bedtime a few nights ago. There's a lot to enjoy about this first novel.
Synopsis taken from the HarperCollins website:
I can't write a synopsis any better than the one from the publisher. There are lots of twists and turns to this story, and my attempting to write a synopsis wold no doubt lead to forgetting something important, or including a spoiler.
More than psychological suspense, I feel like this book falls under the family drama umbrella. Although there is some suspense, it occurs later in the book, and by that point the resolution of the story was no surprise. That doesn't mean I didn't like this book, because I did enjoy it a great deal, but I read a lot of books termed psychological thrillers. With so many experiences reading these novels, I'm getting rather good at predicting endings.
Ellwood's novel includes a few things not found in most novels of this type: the inclusion of information on world/current events. Kate's job as a journalist in a war zone brings a bit of reality to this novel that many of this genre lack. In addition, I found the way the plot moves between Kate to her sister Sally to be another rather novel approach to telling this story. It kept me guessing a bit as to who the story was focusing on and what the resolution would be.
Because this is Ellwood's debut novel, I'm hopeful she has a few more ideas she wants to share with readers in the future.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of the book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
Visit the HarperCollins website for more information about this book.