Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Finders, Keepers By Sabine Durrant and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Jenny from Hodder & Stoughton for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Hodder & Stoughton for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 09 07 2020
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £11.99 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Hardback $26.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 320
My rating: I liked it
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What I learned from this book: That I need a clear out in my house because the things sometimes tend to suffocate you.
Description of the book: Ailsa Tilson moves with her husband and children to Trinity Fields in search of the new.
New project – a house to renovate. New people – no links to the past. New friends – especially her next-door neighbour, the lonely Verity, who needs her help.
Verity has lived in Trinity Fields all her life. She’s always resisted change. Her home and belongings are a shield, a defence to keep the outside world at bay. But something about the Tilsons piques her interest.
Just as her ivy creeps through the shared garden fence, so Verity will work her way into the Tilson family.
And once they realise how formidable she can be, it might well be too late.
How this book made me feel: First of all I would like to “Well Done!” to the person who designed the cover and wrote the blurb, it is very gripping and intriguing, and makes you want this book straight away! Yes, the blurb is very good indeed, but does it match with what is inside though??? Keep calm and carry on reading. 😀
The protagonist of this novel is Verity, and the book is told from her perspective. Verity is a very strange woman, and she does realise that. She tries her best to fit in this world, but she has a ton of difficulties because of her behaviour. Verity has a lot of mental illnesses, but she hides them quite well. I liked how the characters unravelled throughout the pages, showing their true personalities. I really liked Verity’s strangeness, it was very interesting to see how her mind worked. 😀
This novel is a slow burner, and the events unravel little by little because Verity chooses what to share with the reader, this book is sort of her diary. The narrative travels between the past and present, but sometimes, it was hard to understand when it changes. The author knows how to “drop feed the reader” with bits of information, and that kept me hooked to find out more. There are plenty of topics discussed in this book, such as dealing with loss, bullying, obsession, adaptation to new surroundings, using people for ones benefit, and many more.
The setting doesn’t change much throughout this novel, but Verity’s relationships with people kept me entertained. I liked the writing style, it is really teasing, and it left me impatient and a little annoyed. 😀 The chapters did feel a little too long for my liking, and I would’ve liked more action. The ending of this book is really surprising and I loved the way this story was rounded up.
So, to conclude, I liked this character-driven novel, filled with very well selected personalities, as well as absorbing plot. It is a slow burner, but there are surprises coming, so don’t give up! 😉 I hope you will give this book a go and will like it as much as I did! Enjoy! 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Sabine Durrant is a journalist and the author of the best-selling HAVING IT AND EATING IT and the CONNIE PICKLES series of children’s books. Her first psychological suspense novel, UNDER YOUR SKIN, was published by Hodder in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US in 2014. Her second, REMEMBER ME THIS WAY, was also published by Hodder in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US in 2015. Both novels have been translated into more than 12 languages. Her third novel, LIE WITH ME, a Richard & Judy pick and Sunday Times bestseller, was published in July 2016. Her new novel TAKE ME IN, will be published 28 June 2018
Sabine has written for the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph. She lives in south London with her partner, the writer Giles Smith, and their three children.
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