From the author of THE PEOPLE AT NUMBER 9, a new story of nightmare neighbours…
Can you paint over the cracks in a marriage?
Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past.
A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right?
But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling. And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself.
From the author of the bestselling The People at Number 9 comes a dark and redemptive tale of a rural dream gone wrong…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The story begins after the main event that brought Karen and Nick to the affluent side of this picture-perfect village from the hustle and bustle of London, where there is a tight circle of ‘those who have’, that seems to rule the roost. Karen had a mental break-down in London and is still recovering, the only thing is, is that her husband was a major contributor, not that he would admit to that.
The story centres around Karen and how she sees the people around her. She is certainly not fully recovered, with everyone under suspicion as she reads more into everything they do. The story is quite a way in when it drops back to a more detailed explanation of what had gone on.
Nick doesn’t do much to help Karen, in fact, he seems to pour oil on the fire. I didn’t like Nick much although he loved himself enough to make up for it. When their son returns home unexpectedly, I felt he wasn’t much better. Demanding and spoilt, he was just another person to use Karen as a doormat.
Things are happening in the house which you wonder if someone is trying to push her over the edge. Where there really isn’t much ‘care in the community’ to help her get better. A look into domestic noir and a troubled mind.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Felicity Everett grew up in Manchester and studied English Literature at Sussex University. She worked in children’s publishing in London, whilst raising a family and is the author of more than twenty works of children’s fiction and non-fiction. After a short career break, Felicity returned to writing full-time and in 2011 published her debut novel, The Story of Us, a funny and touching account of the friendships forged between five women at University in the 1980s. Her second novel, The People at Number 9, published in April 2017, is a dark satire on sex, envy and betrayal in the suburbs. Felicity has recently returned from a few years living in Melbourne, with her husband and now lives in Gloucestershire. Her new book, The Move, out in January 2020 is a gothic tale of marriage and mental instability set in the dark heart of the countryside.