Happy Publication Day to Felicity Everett for the paperback of her new book The Move. Thanks go to the publisher HQ Stories for my advanced copy via Netgalley.
New house. Fresh start. Same husband.
Can you paint over the cracks in a marriage?
‘Felicity has the reader gripped when she explores unhealthy relationships based on insecurity and delusion. She writes with a raw realism’ Adele Parks, Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author, in Platinum
Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past.
A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right?
But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling. And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself.
Not so much of a psychological thriller but more of a slower paced, psychological family drama, with vivid and suspenseful writing dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event in a couples marriage.
As with the author’s previous book, The People At No. 9, which I enjoyed very much, she writes again of wonderfully thought out characters that have that slightly untrustworthy and suspicious nature about them. Are they really what they appear to be? Are they telling the truth or do we have an unreliable narrator? Coupled with the seemingly remote aspect of their new village life, all in all, made for a claustrophobic and suspenseful read.
Karen, her husband Nick and their older teenage son Ethan, have moved out of London to an idyllic sounding country cottage. Something immediately feels slightly off though, as Karen’s husband appears to have done all the renovations and plans by himself, with Karen seemingly seeing the place for the first time as she arrives to move in.
There is a definite undercurrent as the author slowly introduces you to the main characters in the story. Karen seems to struggle with paranoia and nerves, Nick has a obvious flirtatious natures which he doesn’t seem to even try to hide and there appears to be a strained relationship with the son. Clearly something has happened to them all as a family but has it all been left behind back in London?
A novel that isn’t one with a big plot but a wonderfully intense observation on a couple trying to paint over the cracks in their marriage, with other side stories as Karen meets her new neighbours and tries to integrate herself in village life. Invites to charity auctions, making new friends and a suspicious man squatting in a nearby barn, all add to the slightly sinister edge of the novel, but all relating back to Karen and her feelings towards her husband. A surprising ending but one that suits the book marvellously.
An absorbing read!