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Chilling debut novel,
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This review is from: Up Close (Paperback)
This year I've had the opportunity to read many debut novels and Up Close is the latest book that falls into this category.
Lia Thompson had been living and working in the United States but she returns home to the UK following the sudden death of her grandmother Ivy. But she soon finds that everything is not quite how it seems when she's sorting out her grandmother's house. Will she be able to find out what exactly had happened to Ivy?
Also back home in Norfolk is Lia's old college friend Aidan, who's been injured in an accident whilst serving in the Navy. He's virtually reclusive living on the family farm producing stunning, but disturbing, works of art. Lia soon turns to Aidan for help, but will he be able to help her when he has his own issues and scars to deal with, both physical and mental?
This book pulls you in from the start from the first chapter when you find yourself reading about Ivy's death as it's happening. The storyline swings back and between the present day to events that happened in the past that have had an impact on family dynamics, the more you read the more the clues fall into place but not without a twist or two to throw you off the track along the way.
If this is the sign of what we can expect from Henriette, I'm already looking forward to her next book, The Elephant Girl, which is due out in July 2013.