I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Valentina by S. E. Lynes
Published by Blackbird Digital on 1st July 2016
When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.
But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane...
That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.
She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?
As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears...
I’m absolutely delighted to be a stop today on the Valentina blog tour! This incredible book is out TOMORROW and it’s definitely one for your TBR this Summer. Want to find out why? Read on!
Shona McGilvery has a loving partner, a new baby daughter and now a beautiful cottage to call home in the Aberdeenshire countryside. She, Mikey and Isla left Glasgow for Mikey’s work and while he is working off-shore, Shona finds herself alone in an isolated cottage with no friends. Enter Valentina, herself mother to a young baby and instantly the ladies hit it off. Drinking in the day, swimming with the kids, they become best friends, but is Valentina to be trusted?
This is a stunning psychological thriller. It held my attention from the outset, and when I wasn’t physically reading the story I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The nature of this book makes it very hard to discuss without spoilers but there is absolutely no way I’m spoiling this for you.
What I will say though is that obviously I knew I’d picked up a psychological thriller when I started Valentina and so my brain was constantly working, trying to see through the plot. I failed. I mean I had plenty theories, but I was wrong and I LOVE that!
Lynes weaves a beautifully crafted story. She sets a scene that any reader can relate to, with scenarios that one can empathise with. I loved the way she captured Shona, a Govan lassie, moving to the country – the huge difference between her upbringing and this idyllic cottage. The incorporation of Doric furthered this distinction/difference – moving somewhere, albeit in the same country, where you can’t understand what they say serves to further Shona’s isolation as well as capture the essence of the setting for the reader.
I didn’t expect to be as enthralled by this book as I was. Honestly, it surprised me. I’m writing this post a couple of weeks after reading the book and I am STILL thinking about it!
If you’re a fan of a psychological thriller, or just want an easy read that will keep you captivated, then look no further than this debut novel. It should definitely be on your Summer TBR – and I don’t say that lightly!