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on 1 December 2012
This is an extremely well written sinister tale that stayed with me after I finished reading it and had me pondering in the middle of the night, wondering whether it "really could happen like that". It is a very quick read, with the story moving on at a very good pace and by the time the main events unfold the author puts you right inside the head of Emma, a new mother, and you are with her every step of the way, sharing her fears, anguish and paranoia over who she can and cannot trust. It is extremely hard to review without giving any of the story away, but I think any mother will certainly identify with Emma, as it does evoke memories of those early days of motherhood and the strong feelings of protectiveness towards your child that wash over you, especially when its your first born. The only thing I will say about the plot that isn't in the product description is that Emma suffers from a mental health problem, which is handled very sensitively and in the tale, giving the reader a really good, realistic glimpse into how it must feel during episodes of illness and having to try and cope with daily life at the same time.
There is one graphic scene of rather rough sex in the book, which had me open mouthed at one point, and I didn't think much surprised me anymore but I think it was because I wasn't expecting it from this particular author, having read quite a bit of her work already - although I do still have a couple of her books in my TBR pile. It definitely isn't Pompomberry House - it is a a lot darker and much more sinister read.