The Woman Who Ran: A Gripping Psychological Thriller That Builds to an Explosive Finish Paperback – 28 Jan 2016
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‘A fast-paced thriller… I tore through this.’ Sunday Times
‘Disquieting, thought-provoking…keeps twisting and turning as it hurtles towards a hair-raising climax’ Guardian
‘Tension, terror and plenty of twists give this thriller unstoppable momentum’ Woman & Home
‘Dark and compelling’ Sun on Sunday
‘Compulsive, dramatic and hypnotic…very frightening, very well told. Highly recommended' lovereading.co.uk
‘The tone is dark, the air of menace is constant…a haunting, tense thriller’ The Debrief
‘Baker evokes the minatory setting with real panache and excels above all at orchestrating the steadily rising tension’ Financial Times
‘I really, really loved it…Utterly gripping’ Kate Mosse
‘Vivid, atmospheric… I loved curling up with it’ Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer
‘Clever and gripping with an ending so tense I was holding my breath’ Claire Douglas, author of The Sisters
‘Wildly gripping and unputdownable. This is a brilliant book’ Marian Keyes
‘Loved @sambaker's The Woman Who Ran. Completely new voice, and honest, compelling depiction of domestic violence and why women stay.’ Jojo Moyes
About the Author
Sam Baker was Editor in Chief of Red magazine for six years, and in 2015 she co-founded and launched The Pool with Lauren Laverne. Sam is married to the novelist Jon Courtenay Grimwood and lives in Winchester.
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Sam Baker takes inspiration from the Bronte’s classic novel to represent the isolation and fear that someone can have and to examine as she says in the author note at the back, to see what had changed for women and what had not. The setting is the same desolate Yorkshire village and the surrounding moorland, the issues facing women largely the same but in contrast to the world which Bronte created, this is in the modern day.
Wildfell Hall is an old dilapidated house miles from anywhere apart from the village where there are a few houses, a pub and a shop, both of which are the centre of the village life – especially for the gossips. The village is populated by plenty of those yet feels isolated and claustrophobic, sombre and suspicious. Ideal setting for the issues within the novel. Those wild Yorkshire Dales are remote, strong, desolate and unforgiving.
Gill Markham is one such person in the village who attempts to befriend Helen. He is a journalist and is curious to find out why Helen has come here. As she pulls away and hides, his curiosity gets stronger. Good nature as well as journalist’s ear keeps him going. He is the calm, the friendly calm in Helen’s life and the one person she can maybe trust.
Helen’s previous life is revealed bit by bit, like a bruise ripening, from one colour to the next, each stage painful for a different reason. And that is the painful setting of Helen’s character, and the isolated village where she hopes she can mend.
I thought this was very clever – writing a modern day thriller with the Bronte inspired background. A microscope on society and women and the habits of the day, the views and beliefs of people from one era to the next and how they have changed (or not) The issues and the setting blended well for the sense of helplessness , isolation and fear were transposed from one era to the next and I could see how a problem in any walk of life, in any form can fester and worsen. How we deal with things, and the chances we have are what’s important. The need to heal is a great one. At first reading, I was unsure if the Bronte influences were going to be overused but no fear, they were barely a thread to hang on similar problems in society then and now. A clever way of keeping the settings remote but fictional and the main focus on the character’s past.
Sam says that she did a lot of research into the present day issues (no spoilers here) and the Bronte heritage and it shows. The world is digital now and supposedly everyone can be found..but the way journalists work now and then was also an eye opener. It gets in your head and makes you think that’s for sure.
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Baker's Helen is a War Photographer. She is a strong woman fighting for a place in a man's world. She is plucky, brave and talented. This makes her present fragile and vulnerable state so confusing and the reader is curious to uncover what has affected her so much. The backdrop of war and its suffering, destruction and pain creates a bleak and oppressive atmosphere which creates tension and a sense of foreboding. The repeated imagery of fire and its suffocating, overwhelming power is sinister and dangerous; a threatening and malevolent presence like that of the shadowy character of Art, her husband. Helen's physical pain of her migraines reflect her conflicted emotional state and the reader is empathetic towards her and the tortured world within which she is imprisoned.
This is a chilling and exciting read. The ending is intense and dramatic and hurtles towards an explosive finale.
It is an excellent retelling of the original story. It is thoughtful, creative, respectful and most importantly, fresh. Baker has breathed modern life into an overlooked novel. She has added depth and sophistication to the original plot and developed more complex characters without losing the essence of Bronte's work. It is hugely readable and a true psychological thriller.
I also liked the structure of the book, told in parts as a flashback but is actually Helen recounting things to Gil and felt it worked really well with the subject matter. The reappearance of two significant people from Helen's past adds to the story and means that there is a satisfying ending to the whole thing.