“Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.” – Peter Pan
As a kid my parents always taught me to write thank you letters to show my appreciation for gifts received on Christmas, birthdays, etc. Most of the time I begrudgingly wrote a note that was mildly put, half a**ed. However, my thank you to Blackbird Digital Books for allowing me the chance to read this is written with my most sincere appreciation.
First and foremost, how on earth is this a debut novel? As a lover of psychological thrillers, I was hesitant to read a debut novel as I haven’t been amazed by that many. This book though…..wow…. I really felt like I was in the book living out everything.
Shona and her partner Mikey move in with their infant daughter to a remote cottage in Scotland. Once there, Shona starts to come to the realization that she is lonely while her husband works offshore. She soon befriends Valentina, a hippy mom that oozes confidence.
I honestly LOVED that conversations between Shona and Mikey and especially Shona and Valentina. They were so saturated with dark humor, realistic events,etc. I felt like I was just reading a conversation I have had…right down my fascination with Peter Pan. From Shawna to Shona… we can be friends.
It did take me a bit of getting used to the Scottish and Australian dialectic to the point where I was reading parts aloud. However, I think it added to the realness of the characters.
I can not for the life of me think of how to review this book without giving anything away! You will suspect, you will ache, you will anger. While I did guess the ending somewhat, the writing and characters (the most deranged characters I might add since Nick and Amy Dunne)kept me going.
This is definetly one of my top reads so far this year and I HIGHLY recommend! I can not WAIT for more from S.E. Lynes!