Hi I’m Sarah @babbageandsweetcorn.wordpress.com and welcome to my stop on the Fallen Angel Blog Tour.
ONE FAMILY, TWO HOLIDAYS, ONE DEVASTATING SECRET
To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions.
Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible…
And suspicion is a dangerous thing.
From Chris Brookmyre, winner of the Theakstons and McIllvanney awards for Black Widow, comes a standalone psychological thriller full of twists, lies and betrayal.
Mostly set in Portugal, this standalone novel tells the tale of the Temple family. Max, a famous and outspoken scientist, his wife Celia, an old actress, their children and grandchildren. Outwardly they appear or at least try to appear to be the successful and happy family, however, as the story unfolds they appear to be anything but.
Set in two different times 2002 and 2018 we see the family returning to the two villas they use for holidays set in a small complex in Portugal. It’s 2018 and Max has just died and they have come to scatter his ashes. It is also the first time in some years that they have all returned together as a whole family with one daughter seemingly now estranged from the family unit so much so that she has changed her name.
We also meet Vince who owns the 3rd villa on the complex. Together with his new young wife Kirsten, their baby son and a 18 year old Canadian girl called Amanda. Amanda’s fathers seem to have known Vince and has come over to be the baby’s nanny for a short time in the hope of seeing a bit of the UK. She however soon finds herself on a plane to Portugal for an intended holiday for Vince and Kirsten. Vince a workaholic is running late for the airport, no change there, but as Kirsten and Amanda wait for the flight to be called they bump into Celia as they head out at exactly the same time, but she reports that they have just seen Vince in the shop, but Kirsten can not get hold of him. Getting more and more annoyed she decides to head out without him.
I loved the way that straight from the beginning you know something bad’s gonna happen……….. Full of little teasers and flashbacks to an accident at the villas back in 2002 these help build the suspense on what turns into a very engaging and multi layered thriller which gains nicely in pace as you read along. There are a number of characters, particularly from the Temple family, but they are all introduced in a structured way, with their own story, which therefore doesn’t allow for confusion. The story builds, layer upon layer, as the story reveals more and more of the two family’s involvement with each other and the alarming secrets they each hold.
The setting, although small, is well described and the intense and often uncomfortable feelings that each family member have for one another oozes out of every page. A great page turner and compelling thriller for this coming summer!
Fallen Angel is out on April 25th.
Thank you to the publisher Little Brown and to Caolinn Douglas for the advanced copy via Netgalley and the invite onto the blog tour.