Having earned herself appreciable acclaim along with her debut novel My Sister’s Bones, and comply with ups Day of the Accident and The Home on the Lake, the most recent launch from Nuala Ellwood, The Perfect Life, ought to earn her a complete lot extra. She’s long-since established herself as somebody in a position to produce works which can be gritty, intelligent, thrilling, deep, darkish and have that ‘learn this in a single sitting’ sort of urgency to them – The Good Life is one other such ebook.
The story facilities on Vanessa, and switches between previous and current day, highlighting who she was a few years in the past – formidable and carefree – and who she is now – troubled in additional methods than one. Vanessa is a dreamer – who isn’t? – however she’s additionally the sort whose goals threaten her actuality on a seemingly every day foundation. Anybody at present house-hunting or who remembers each the enjoyment and stress that may include wanting to search out the proper place will seemingly determine, on some small stage a minimum of, with Vanessa, though I’ve but to fulfill anybody as ‘obsessed’ with properties as she is and I hope I by no means do – learn the ebook and also you’ll perceive why.
Whereas Vanessa has her personal private struggles, her life as a complete is difficult; notably due to a person in her life, and I for one, disliked him just about from the off. I’ve little doubt when readers study extra about him, he’ll set alarm bells ringing of their heads fairly rapidly; he definitely did in mine. What performs out because the story unfolds may not be straightforward for some individuals to learn, nevertheless it’s written in a method will seemingly hold many turning the pages, each curious and anxious to search out out what occurs subsequent.
Ellwood is sensible at setting up deep, complicated characters – Vanessa simply being one in all her greatest – and mixed along with her capacity to construct suspense and get inside your head, The Good Life is a must-read for anybody who likes a psychological thriller with a superb twist or two.