What’s it all about?:
She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?
After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise’s death was not all it seems.
With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife’s mental frailty. When Cathy tells Chris of her suspicions about Eloise’s death, as well as her ability to sense Eloise’s spirit, Chris thinks she is losing her grip on reality once again.
Stung by her husband’s scepticism, Cathy decides to explores Eloise’s mysterious past, putting herself in danger as she finds herself drawn ever deeper into her friend’s great – and tragic – secret.
What did I think?:
I am a big fan of Judy Finnigans Book Club which is co-presented with her husband Richard Madeley. Every season when it rolls round, I’m downloading or buying the books selected as soon as possible as the vast majority of them turn out to be excellent reads. This is Judy’s debut novel, and it was generally an easy and good read. Much of the plot has echoes of du Maurier’s Rebecca, and I enjoyed the description of the Cornish landscape, a place I have yet to visit but thanks to this book will probably be sooner rather than later.
My quibbles with this novel were not about the plot, which I thought was intriguing and kept me turning the pages, but with some of the characters. Cathy is a bit of a fragile little thing, made vulnerable with her history of depression and a mental breakdown – but to be frank, at some instances she just plain irritated me! Then we have her controlling psychiatrist hubby, who just made me cross as he seemed to emotionally manipulate his wife. Lastly, her children are just a bit too perfect for my liking. These points aside, I think it is a good mystery novel for fans of the genre.
Would I recommend it?:
Star rating (out of 5):