Back of the book :
I could probably have been an actress.
It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else.
Isn’t that what I’ve been doing for most of my life?’
Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.
The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .
What I think :
Once I had cleared the bottles away and washed the blood off the floor, I needed to get out of the flat.’
Cordelia has been lying about who she is for a long time … years in fact.
But time is running out for her, her lies are quite simply going to bite her on the bum if she’s not careful.
Then she returns home from a glittering party and she smells the corpse …
What an excellent start to a book !
Yes, there is a murder on the first page !
let’s face it when that happens you know you’re in for a good read !
Delia, our heroine (or not – whichever way you want to look at her) is a really complicated creature, who is not capable in my mind, to feel love or give it. She’s lied so much about herself so much over the years, does she even know who she is anymore ?
The book, set in the French Riviera and Ireland follows Delia’s past life and now. We learn just how manipulative and just downright awful Delia can be.
Im not going to give anything away, but I will say this, its an excellent dark, twister of a book that will leave you wondering what you’ve just read !
This is the first of Liz Nugent’s books that I’ve read but somehow I don’t think it will be my last !
I give this excellent read 9/10
Published by Penguin books on 15/11/18
A huge Thanks to Georgia Taylor at Penguin books for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review 🙂