Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Valentina - S.E.Lynes

When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.

But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane...

That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina. 

She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?

As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears...

What I thought:

A fellow blogger was raving about this book and after showing an interest I was offered a copy to review and I must say, it is an exceptionally good psychological thriller!

After the birth of their baby daughter, Isla, Mikey convinces Shona that he should take a job on an offshore oil rig to earn some good money to enable him to provide a decent life for them together. He finds a cottage for them to buy, but it's very isolated and Shona will have to stay there alone, two weeks out of every four, miles from her family and friends.

Feeling very lonely, Shona is desperate to make friends and she's delighted when she meets Valentina at the nursery school where she takes Isla. Valentina seems as eager to make friends as Shona is and before long they're filling their days with shopping trips and meals together.

It is so difficult to review this book without giving anything away, but sometimes a book just "knocks your socks off," and this did just that! Valentina is a compelling, sophisticated tale so cleverly woven - it's brilliant!

I had never heard of S.E Lynes before reading this book, but it'll be a name I'll be looking out for in the future.

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