Lucinda or Lu as she is known as, is adopted and after a tragedy, goes in search of her birth mother and finds Mellyn. The first part of the story deals with their emotional meeting after so many years. But slowly things start unravelling between them which leads to doubts and secrets. All is not what is seems!!
My first book by author Amanda James, a good book to read. I liked the way Amanda has shown the inner workings of Lu’s brain, the emotions which hit her in the beginning, followed by suspicion and fear. In the entire book, I felt Lu was like a wave advancing and retreating depending on Mellyn’s moods.
Though I liked the development of Mellyn’s character, I felt that the suspense shown could have been better. I liked both the characters but couldn’t connect with either.
There were a few niggles, which delayed the read, took me 4 days to finish, which is far too long for me. The story started slow, and had its moments of intensity, but didn’t last. It dealt more with the day to day life of Lu with her birth mother. The premise of the story was great, but I wanted the pitch to be higher for it to be classified as a complete thriller.
The author has written the book well, making it more of a family thriller with an unexpected twist in the epilogue.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bloodhound Books and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Amanda James was born in Sheffield and now lives in Cornwall with her husband and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, singing and spending lots of time with her grandson. She also admits to spending far too much time chatting on Twitter and Facebook! Amanda recently left her teaching role (teaching history to sixth form pupils) to follow her ambition to live her life doing what she most enjoys–writing.
When she tracks down her mother in Cornwall there is an emotional reunion and the pair begin to form a relationship.
But is everything as wonderful as it appears or has Lu walked into a nightmare?
Publication date : 10th April, 2018
Publisher : Bloodhound
Language : English
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