Good Afternoon All,
Happy Friday! Another week done and another week closer to my favourite season of autumn. Someone obviously thought it was ok to trick us this last few days with some summer weather but today, peace has been restored and I’m back to feeling cosy with my pumpkin spice candles burning.
Eliza Curran has it all. Two beautiful children, wealth, a state of the art home and an attentive and adoring husband. What people don’t know is that she’s trapped in an unhappy marriage with a hugely controlling man.
When Eliza takes on a new tenant for one of their properties, she doesn’t expect Dan Jones to be as charming as he is. He quickly works his way into Eliza’s personal life and infiltrates her family and friends. However all is not well. When someone has as many skeletons in their closet as Eliza does, it is never destined to end well.
General Thoughts 🤔
If you read this book, be prepared to be hooked from the moment that you start. Straight away I was drawn into the characters lives and the story that was unfolding and I couldn’t put it down. I thought that the middle dropped off a little bit and the pace somewhat slowed before picking up again towards the end when I was back onto the edge of my seat.
As much as I was engrossed in this story, I was able to predict how it was all going to unfold. There were plenty of clues to guide me as a reader in the right direction however I still really enjoyed the crescendo and following the characters through the drama.
My thoughts about Eliza changed a lot. A lot of the time I felt a lot of sympathy and empathy for her. She was definitely in a terrible relationship and her husband treated her despicably. There were a couple of moments where I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and give her a shake. I felt like she had opportunities to get herself and her kids away from the family home but she did not take them. I appreciate though that it’s not quite that simple when you are the person living it.
Isabel the au pair that stayed with the family irritated me immensely. She was over confident and cocky and really didn’t understand the severity of her actions. My feelings towards her are likely because I cannot relate to her. Even at such a young age I would never have stayed in someones home and treated them the way that she treated Eliza. She was disrespectful and I think that her immaturity was a big reason for the mess that she found herself mixed up in.
Writing Style ✍️
I really enjoyed the tone and pace of this book and I thought that the whole thing flowed really well. The story was told from Eliza’s perspective which was done really well. I became so invested in Eliza’s life and her feelings that when she questioned herself, I also questioned myself. I appreciate an author than can write characters with such depth that I start to feel like I know that character personally.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
I really enjoyed this book and I feel like I got lost in it and it’s characters. I can imagine this translating quite well into a drama for TV and it’s something I’d really like to watch. I’ll be recommending this to friends, for sure.