The Official Synopsis:
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.
Book Rating: 9/10
Disturbingly believable, intriguing, and spine-chillingly evil!
This is a psychological thriller that illustrates the mental and emotional anguish caused by secrets, lies, deception, selfishness, and manipulation.
The story is told from two perspectives. Shona, a new mother, struggling with loneliness and isolation. And Valentina, a confident, outgoing mother who befriends her.
The prose is clear, precise, and remarkably descriptive. The characters are multifaceted, flawed and absorbing. And the plot is dark, riveting, and suspenseful.
This is a really well written, tension-filled, debut novel with an ending that takes the definition of karma to a whole other level.
Thank you to Blackbird Books, and S.E. Lynes, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book is due to be published on July 1, 2016. Pick up a copy of this story from your favourite retailer or from the following Amazon links.
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