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Tragedy does strike but then everything settles again and appears perfectly harmonious in Lizzie’s life so I have to admit that when the ‘incident’ came it took me completely by surprise and seemed totally out of kilter with the character’s personality but then the more I read the more I realised why. There is a lack of emotion in this read which eventually made sense and I was drawn on as the reveals came, one a chilling reminder right from the beginning that I had completely forgotten.
This story develops over many years and I don’t have the necessary psychological knowledge to know what was going on with Lizzie but something most definitely was and I enjoyed watching her thought processes, and consequent actions, throughout this read.
It is the story of Lizzie Tennyson a young mother and wife who sacrificed her nursing career to follow her husband’s dream: to own a pub and restaurant in the Lake District, far from their home in southern England. Lizzie dreaded the move away from friends and city life but surprised herself with a love for the place and people, while also discovering a keen aptitude for business, for making it profitable and popular beyond expectation.
Lizzie embraced the community and they, in turn, loved and supported her. She wasn’t a beautiful woman but she exuded a magnetism and friendliness that drew people to her. She was hard working and self sacrificing, a community organizer extraordinaire. Then shadows from the past pressed in, threatening Lizzie’s perfect life. A new side of Lizzie emerged: unusual reactions, anger, feelings of abandonment and betrayal. Bad things seemed to cascade as Lizzie’s life unraveled. Could she pull it back together and was Lizzie really who she appeared to be? Some people saw the chinks, behavior that didn’t add up: a policeman, an elderly neighbor, and an ex-soldier suffering from PTSD. But how could it be when she was so charming and such a good friend?
Long Shadows was a terrific book, the perfect mix of suspense and mystery as well as a fascinating psychological portrait of an intriguing woman. I empathized with Lizzie, lulled in by her magnetism and then, like some of those around her, I began to question her altruism and motives. Lizzie was well fleshed out, charming and vulnerable; the devoted friend, wife, and mother. She had a humor and wit that made me laugh out loud at her observations of people’s foibles and idiosyncrasies.
The pacing was perfect. There were subtle hints and clues along the way that kept me turning the pages. Haiselden sets up scenes with such detail, so perfectly rendered that I felt like a fly on the wall, observing every nuance of emotion and expression. The settings were beautifully described, often mirroring the internal landscape of Lizzie’s mind.
Long Shadows is a wonderful book and beautifully written. I truly loved it and simply could not put it down. I am now a Julie Haiselden fan and look forward to reading more from her.
The book continues with twists and turns along the way, introducing new characters as it progresses. A few 'gasp out loud' moments too!!
Easy to read a chapter here and there, a perfect bedtime read for anyone!
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I look forward to her next book
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