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#BookReview The Girl In The Letter By Emily Gunnis #GreatBook #MustRead


Thank You very much to the publisher – Headline Review for the review copy.
ISBN13: 9781472255099
Genre: Historical Thriller
Release date: 04 04 2019
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £5.75 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $8.53 (USD)
Pages: ~ 384
My rating: 9/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned that mother-baby institutions existed in 50ies.

Description of the book: A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.

Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late.

Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost forever…
Read her letter. Remember her story…

How this book made me feel: I absolutely love to read anything related to the institutions, it can be asylums, orphanages, scary hospitals or mother-baby homes, they truly fascinate me! I was gripped from the first pages of this book, the prologue absorbed me straight away!

This novel is told from multiple perspectives, so there is no single protagonist in this novel. Sam is a journalist who finds a letter from Ivy, written in 1956, and she is trying to find out who Ivy was and is she related to her own family. Even though we learn about Ivy through her letters, the whole story kind of circles around her. I really liked all the characters chosen for this novel, I think they are well well developed and truly intriguing. I liked Sam, and her personality, but my most favourite one was Ivy. Her story is mesmerizing, and the way everything unfolds as you carry on reading left me unsettled.

The narrative of this novel is very creatively written, the plot keeps travelling between the present and the past, unravelling long forgotten secrets and mysteries. There is plenty of great turns and twists in this book, and I was kept on my toes page after page. There is plenty of great topics discussed in this book, such as mother-baby bond, couple relationships, family dramas, cruelty and abuse from church workers, revenge, and many more. I really loved the research done for this novel, I could feel the pain Ivy felt and see how this kind of institutions ruined lives instead of saving them.

The writing style of this book is easy to read but difficult emotionally. The setting of this novel constantly changes between different characters, so it doesn’t leave the reader bored. The chapters are pretty short and flew by really quickly for me. The ending rounded up the novel very nicely and left me satisfied with the outcome.

So, to conclude, it is a really powerful book, filled with pain, love, and broken lives. The characters are very well crafted and the narrative just sucked me in from the first pages. If you, like me, like the books about haunting and scary institutions from the past, this book is definitely for you! I absolutely loved it and I do recommend to read it, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

Thank You for Your time! 🙂


17250194.jpgAbout the author: Emily Gunnis wanted to be an author since her mum, Penny Vincenzi, got her first book deal when Emily was 13. They’d spend hours walking and talking about the worlds her characters inhabited and unpicking any plot dead ends she’d found herself in. Fast forward 30 years and she has discovered it’s a great deal harder than her mother made it look!

After graduating she wrote scripts and had two episodes of BBC Doctors commissioned but didn’t like all the input from Script Editors and Producers. So, while she worked in various PA jobs she decided to go for it and just kept learning as much as she could until she sold her debut novel, The Girl in the Letter, which is published on eBook on 1st August 2018 and paperback in April 2019. She is researching her follow-up novel now!

She lives in Sussex with her husband Steve and their two beautiful girls, Grace and Eleanor.

Website: / Twitter: @EmilyGunnis / Instagram: @emilygunnis / Facebook: @emilygunnisauthor

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