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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Valentina by S.E. Lynes Review

VALENTINA by S.E. LYNES


THE BLURB

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...

A hauntingly intelligent, addictive psychological thriller from debut author S. E. Lynes

To be Released - 1st July 2016


MY REVIEW

I was delighted to be contacted by the publishers, BlackBird Books, via GoodReads to be asked if I would love to read a new book of theirs that would be coming out on the 1st July. So I snapped off their hands for the offer of an early copy and all i can say is WOW!!

This tells the story of Shona, Mikey and Valentina.  These are the three main characters and you get to learn a lot about them over the course of this story! Shona and Mikey have just moved to Aberdeenshire with the daughter Isla, to be nearer his work on the oil rigs.  Their isolated home, Burns Cottage, is set to be their dream home but the loneliness that Shona feels while Mikey is away working 2 weeks out of 4, soon starts off her nightmare.

She is desperate to find friends and she seems to stumble across the perfect friend in Valentina! She's a yoga teacher and has baby Zac in tow, and seems perfect for Shona as she's a little more wilder than Shona.  Her personality is quite overbearing at times but Shona seems to love the wildness and Valentina always seems to find ways of inviting herself over and spending all the time she can with Shona and Isla.  

We get to see that Mikey has a very controlling personality too whenever he comes home from work, and always seems to have excuses to disappear off when he's supposed to be home, but Shona is very trusting and seems to believe all that she is told... until she starts to notice little things and things start to crumble around her.

This was a fascinating and chilling read, full of many twists and turns and some very complex characters that leave you wondering who to trust and who to feel sympathy for.  Some things are never as they seem!!

An exciting debut from the author and I'll definitely be looking out for their books in the future!

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