Friday, 11 March 2016

The Primrose Path - Rebecca Griffiths - Twisty and tantalising

My thoughts

This is a truly twisty tantalising, psychological thriller in which the author has planted so many red herrings, I finished reading it with the aroma of kippers still in my nostrils!

Told from several points of view, it tells the story of Rachel, formerly known as Sarah. She is trying to rebuild her life by keeping a low profile, as a man who has just served a prison sentence is being released. When she was younger her face was splashed all over the news as his raped, abused, abductee and she doesn’t want to come across him again in a hurry, so she retreats to a remote cottage in Wales.

We are introduced to Sarah’s Mum Jennifer who is also a complex character, searching for her daughter about whom she has mixed feelings. In Wales we are told the story of abused youngster Beth, meet her revolting family especially the antisocial, obese giant of a brother Idris. 

There are loads more great characters and all are very well drawn, from local man Dai, subservient cleaning lady Mrs Pepper to an ageing Punk care worker, for a plot driven book the characters are all super realistic and all have something to hide, secrets abound and when I discovered a series of murders of young women going on in a nearby seaside town I suspected EVERY single person, discounted them and then suspected them again! I heard the voice and thoughts of the murderer and trying to match them to an individual became an obsession!

It’s a very coherent and enigmatic multi layered, yet easy to follow, book with lots of quirky characters with idiosyncrasies and flaws galore. It gallops along at a fair old pace dragging you behind it shouting Whoah! Very enjoyable, entertaining and readable for lovers of twisty psychological chillers.

I received my advance copy from Netgalley to review and my thanks go to the publishers Sphere for making it available. You can pre order a copy now from Amazon  for your kindle.

Publishers description

As a teenager, Sarah D'Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her hostage for eleven days. The case became notorious, with Sarah's face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country.

Seventeen years later, Sarah's attempt to build a normal life for herself in London has failed. When she hears of her kidnapper's impending release from prison, fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow, she decides to flee to rural Wales under a new identity, telling nobody where she's gone.

As Sarah settles in to her isolated new home and gets to know the small community she is now part of, it soon becomes creepily apparent that someone is watching her. Meanwhile, back in London, her mother makes a shocking discovery - something she fears will put Sarah's life in danger. She must urgently find her missing daughter before it's too late...

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