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Thursday, 1 July 2021

#BookReview THE IMAGE OF HER by SONIA VELTON #20BooksOfSummer2021


This is Book 4 of my 20 Books of Summer 2021


From the author of Blackberry & Wild Rose comes an extraordinary story of two women who never meet and yet share the closest possible bond.

STELLA and CONNIE are strangers, brought together by two traumatic events - cruel twists of fate that happen thousands of miles apart.

Stella lives with her mother, a smothering narcissist. When she succumbs to dementia, the pressures on Stella's world intensify, culminating in tragedy. As Stella recovers from a near fatal accident, she feels compelled to share her trauma but she finds talking difficult. In her head she confides in Connie because there's no human being in the world that she feels closer to.

Connie is an expat living in Dubai with her partner, Mark, and their two children. On the face of it she wants for nothing and yet ... something about life in this glittering city does not sit well with her. Used to working full time in a career she loves back in England, she struggles to find meaning in the expat life of play-dates and pedicures.

Two women set on a collision course. When they finally link up, it will not be in a way that you, or I, or anyone would ever have expected



If you're after a book with a twisty plot that leaves you breathless, then look no further!! As I was reading this story I was wondering just where it was going... boy was I wrong!! It completely got me, and I loved how you were taken on these absorbing journeys with these 2 women, both so different in character and with such different backgrounds.

Connie and Stella are the women in question, and you get to hear their stories through their eyes in each chapter. Connie is married to Mark, has children and lives in Dubai where her husbands job has taken the family and she's feeling that she is wanting more from her life. She doesn't feel she's fitting in with the lifestyle she's supposed to be leading over there and cracks are beginning to appear in her marriage.

Stella has had to give up her life to care for her mother who has dementia. That is taking a toll and the stress is building up. She's always born the brunt of her mothers temper and anger after her father left them, but she's left with no option to put up with the cruel taunts and little appreciation from her mother.

The story takes the form of Stella 'stalking' Connie via social media, wanting to know anything and everything about this woman and her life. And we can all learn so much from a profile and the amount of photos shared online - it makes us feel we know a person, without even meeting them. As the story unfolds we hear some shocking twists and turns that really add depth to the story and had me frantically turning the pages to find out more!!

This was a thrilling piece of work, that really worked so cleverly as you built up these clear images of these women and their lives and got to see beneath the surface of their lives and it made for a really compelling plot!!


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