Back of the book :
No matter how far you run . . .
He’s never far behind
Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.
But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.
What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?
And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?
What I think :
Lisa and her husband Mark have split up, In fact Lisa has left Mark and taken their three year old son Joe with her. She needed to get away quick because Mark is very controlling. so she takes Joe to a ‘safe house’ that was offered by some friends of hers. Rowan House is very run down, it has no running water, gas or electricity. Its really old and dilapidated, its not really inhabitable for any one, let alone a small child. But Lisa really needed to get away and beggars can’t be choosers can they ?
Rewind back to 2002 and we meet Grace and her father. Grace calls her father ‘Sarge’. Her father is an ex-soldier and he is teaching Grace self-sufficiency, how to live off the land and hunt for wild animals. This is no life for a child, in fact Grace’s reality is quite brutal. Its pretty obvious that ‘Sarge’ is suffering some sort of mental health problem.
Two different people in two different times, in the same house. what secrets does Rowan house hide … ?
Written over two timelines, this book tells the story of Grace (2002) and Lisa (now)
Difficult to put down, this book is quite gripping with many twists and turns that you don’t expect. You think that you are on one particular path and know whats going to happen then its all turned on it’s head and you’re left thinking something else completely different.
The characters are really well written, with Grace’s father ‘Sarge’ obviously having some sort of PTSD, it covers mental health as well. I felt a lot of sympathy for Grace, the life that she lead was very lonely and harsh.
I really enjoyed this book and as I mentioned earlier, it was really difficult to put down. What a brilliant ending, which I would have never seen coming !!
This is the first of this particular author’s book but I’m sure it wont be the last.
I give this book 8/10 (4 Stars)
Published on 20/02/2020 by Penguin Random House.
The biggest Thank you to Ellie Hudson at Penguin books for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.