Sunday, 15 September 2013


ISBN: 978-1847445513 / 978-0751548600
Publisher: Redhouse Books
Pages/File Size: 384pages/400KB
Formats Available: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book

BLURB from Goodreads
She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?

After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise's death was not all it seems.

With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife's mental frailty. When Cathy tells Chris of her suspicions about Eloise's death, as well as her ability to sense Eloise's spirit, Chris thinks she is losing her grip on reality once again.

Stung by her husband's scepticism, Cathy decides to explores Eloise's mysterious past, putting herself in danger as she finds herself drawn ever deeper into her friend's great - and tragic - secret.

I downloaded this book from Netgalley free, in exchange for my honest review.
I felt drawn to the cover, the lonely image of the woman on the beach. I like the colouring of the blues on the cover in the sky and the sea too. I like the byline "What secrets did she take to her grave"  it creates intrigue before you even start reading the book.
So would the cover make me pick the book up from a book store shelf? The cover would attract me to pick up the book and then as the author is Judy Finnigan, curiosity would probably make me buy the book. Though when you look at the cover on Amazon it looks a much lighter blue. In fact I've seen several different covers for this book. I prefer the one I've pictured above.
So I started reading this book full of wondering what it would be like as it's written by the famous presenter Judy Finnigan. My mum also had attempted reading this book and didn't like it. So I did approach the book with added interest as to what I would think to it.
It's isn't very often that I do not finish a book however sadly I did not finish this book. I just couldn't get into the plot and story of the book. I found that the story felt to me, to be concentrated a lot on the subject of cancer. The book actually pulled my mood down, which can be acceptable if it then uplifts you. This book was depressive but didn't deliver on the heartening, elevating feeling afterwards, or if it did, I didn't read as far as that.
The book also at times came across as more of a diary of events that Judy had possibly been through herself, rather than a true novel. So sadly I ended up agreeing with my mum and not even finishing the book. It just wasn't right for my taste and I truly hate not finishing a book and giving a "bad" review but I have to be totally honest as I am with the books I do enjoy.
So did I enjoy the book? In one simple word, No! Would I recommend the book? No, I cannot recommend something I didn't like and didn't even finish. Would I read a book two? I know this sum up is getting repetitive but the answer is no. Would I read any other books by Judy Finnigan? Being totally honest I don't think I would, in fact it's kind of put me off giving Richard Madeley's book a go too.


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