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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 C...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Sphere (first published October 1st 2012)
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Adele Geraghty
Don't waste your time, unless you enjoy juvenile name-dropping and working in what appear to be travel adverts for a certain locale, as part of the plot. I think the author's TV status must have allowed some of this to escape the editing process, but unfortunately, it didn't escape me. Simply put, it's written poorly but, it could have worked with some professional editing. A torture to finish, due to the repetitive descriptions and explanations that, even a child could grasp the first time. I w...more
I really wanted to like this book but the word that somes it up for me is irritating. I expected so much more. Cathy is a very fragile, weak character with a history of depression (that's not what makes her weak I hasten to add) married to a psychiatrist. Her best friend Eloise dies of cancer and she seems to be haunted by her spirit telling her that her (Eloise's) children are in danger. The voice of JF kept coming through as though she was interviewing someone on This Morning. Plot was eminent...more
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
Annalise Hulse
Hmmm - I feel a bit mean for saying anything bad about this book when I see from the ackowledgements that Judy Finnigan dedicated it to Caron Keating who died tragically young from breast cancer, but the fact is it just wasn't that great and honesty must prevail over sentimentality I guess.

To be fair, it's not all bad. The basic premise of the story is that middle aged, (painfully) middle classed and slightly unbalanced Cathy has lost her best friend, the Eloise of the title, to breast cancer.

Megan Readinginthesunshine
I have to say that as soon as I heard Judy Finnigan was releasing Eloise, I was very very excited about it, and my Nan was too. In fact, as soon as it came through the letter box she was eyeing it up!

Cathy is devastated when her best friend Eloise dies, leaving behind her husband Ted, her mother Juliana and her two beautiful children. With a history of depression, Cathy struggles with Eloise’s death, and finds no comfort from Cathy’s husband Ted, or Juliana. Even Cathy’s husband Chris offers no...more
Mother-of-three Cathy is recovering from two terrible events: the death of her best friend Eloise from breast cancer, and a bout of serious depression which led to a nervous breakdown. When she starts having vivid dreams about Eloise and even seeming to see her in real life, her family believe she is heading for a relapse, but Cathy is convinced the 'visions' are real and that Eloise really is trying to tell her something. In order to convince her sceptical husband and protect Eloise's children,...more
Julie Lees
‘Eloise’ is a first novel by she of ‘Richard and Judy’ fame, Judy Finnigan.

It tells the story of a woman grieving for the loss of her friend, the eponymous Eloise, who has died, prematurely, at the age of forty-five from cancer.

The atmospheric backdrop of Cornwall lends its wild, rural landscape to echo the bleakness of the Yorkshire Moors and remind us of that Brontë classic, ‘Wuthering Heights’, the references to which are ubiquitous throughout this read. Now the scene is set and we have been...more
I have given this book two stars because I did actually finish it. Maybe the compulsion to do that was to see how much more the author could draw from Wuthering Heights to advance her plot. I found the characters unconvincing and the reliance on the works of the Brontes and Daphne Du Maurier far too much to be acceptable.
Although it was easy to read, a point in the author's favour, the characters' personalities altered from black to white and back again over a couple of paragraphs. Absolutely n...more
Jo Evans
I so wanted to really like this book and it does have much to enjoy, however the pace is not consistent and some of the characters are just not believable.(Chris for example, for a supposed eminent psychologist is incredibly backward and out of date in his thinking). The final chapters dragged on and I laughed out loud to see the work cuckold used in all seriousness almost as a mitigating excuse for an inexcusable crime. The plot, characters, terminology and setting are at odds with each other,...more
Lin Block
This was such a disappointing book.

The plot is see-through and obvious, I read to page 45, guessed the ending and the read the last few chapters to find no surprises, but a couple of extra characters had been put into the mix. A quick flick back and it was easy to see who they were.

Considering the publicity for this book has been rumbling for almost all the two years it took to write, I expected a story that held my interest.

As a ghost story, it doesn't really work; references to 'Rebecca' cro...more
I really wanted to like this book because I have always enjoyed listening to the author on television but I just found it very repetitive. I got the whole thing about how much all the children were loved and how tragic it was that her friend died but it didnt have to be repeated in every chapter. I also got the whole Rebecca and Wuthering heights theme but I felt it was overdone and the main characters began to bug me so I didnt really care by the end of it, I was relieved it was finished, I was...more
I was very disappointed with this book after looking forward to it following all the publicity. I found it all a bit "twee" and Cornwall very much depicted through rose tinted specs. It wasn't ghostly or spooky, was it meant to be a mystery or a thriller I don't know but it didn't succeed on either. I found the characters shallow, and don't think it was particularly well written. Sorry Judy but not as good as it was cracked up to be.
wanted to like this as set in area I know well and love and like nothing more than atmospheric ghostly tale. Just did not get on at all with this sadly, felt it read like a magazine story and gave up on it well before the end.
Sandra "Jeanz"
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 Fin...more
Eva Le Bon
'A sensitive book, gets you thinking..it's fragile yet strong.
In this era of books on prescription, biblio-therapy, I could imagine this book: Eloise being both an individual read and a really addictive story for a reading group, as some of the themes it touches: hard to speak up about may well be true in many different guises for lots of us in different ways and contribute to the turbulence of mental illness.

What an awful dilemma we can find ourselves in when we are not one hundred per cent sur...more
WARNING: contains a few spolers!

I wonder if this book would ever be published if the author wasn’t the Judy of the Richard & Judy Book Club. Thinking about that, you’d believe that reading so many books with the sole purpose of producing reviews would have teached Judy something about writing.
Alas, this is not the case.
This book has been a huge, massive disappointment and an enormous waste of my time. The weak idea out of which this book was created keeps stretching page after page, making...more
Jane Myers
Absolute rubbish. The writing is amateur, the dialogue stilted. Boring most of the way through. If she wasn't a 'celebrity' this would never have got published. Time spent reading this tripe I can never get back again. Wouldn't even award it one star if there was the option.
Awful! Boring, repetitive, self-indulgent style with unrealistic, unpleasant, stereotypical characters. Didn't work as a ghost story either - not scary! Perhps more detail on the main storyline rather than the minutiae of daily life would have helped. Nice cover art though!
What an utter crock of sh*te. Repetitive (we are presumed to be too stupid to remember the previous chapter/page!), disappointing, and distinctly lacking any likeable characters...mostly as a result of it being so poorly written.
Sarah Farmer-wright
Absolutely dreadful! Weak storyline badly written - sorry folks, sorry Judy Finnegan - stick to the day job!
I’m a sucker for a good ghost story, especially ones set in rural UK settings, so I was very excited to receive Eloise from Netgalley.

Still recovering from a recent bout of clinical depression, Cathy finds it difficult to cope with the untimely death of her best friend Eloise, a mother of two young children, from breast cancer. When Eloise begins to appear to her in her dreams, trying to convince her that her children are in terrible danger, Cathy finds it difficult to turn to anyone for help wi...more
I enjoy my fair share of 'holiday reads'. BUT... Repetitious, terrible dialogue, poor characterisation. Need I go on?
Methinks without Judy Finnegan's name behind it, this may never have seen the light of day. Worst book I've read in a long time.
Julia Cronin
I had high expectations for this book but was really disappointed. It wasn't particularly well written, using repetitive descriptive language and I didn't get to know the characters that well. I really didn't find it spooky either. :(
We all know Judy Finnegan; TV personality, wife of Richard and champion with him of the `Richard and Judy Book Club'. But what do we know about Judy Finnegan the author? Eloise,her first novel was inspired by the untimely death of her good friend Caron Keating and is set in Cornwall where Judy has a second home, Eloise tells the story of Cathy as she comes to terms with the death from cancer of her good friend Ellie. But Cathy is `fragile', as her husband Chris frequently reminds her, and when s...more
Overall, I thought that the book was ok. The story was well thoughout and each Chapter followed a structure which led to a well wrapped up ending. The trouble I had was with the protagonist's voice - she seemed so weak! I know that she wasn't a confident person and suffered with mental health issues but, to me, she seemed to be quite wimpy and I'm sure that a lot of readers look for strong voices in what they're reading - espcially with females. She was always making excuses for others poor beha...more
I found this book quite a page-turner and quite enjoyed it. But this was probably because my expectations were not too high to begin with. I was expecting a lightweight Summer read and had already been told that the book was not great.


The plot is quite silly; Cathy appears to be being haunted by her dead friend, her husband thinks she's crazy and is totally unsympathetic. Then Cathy tries to exorcise the ghost of her dead friend, so that her...more
John Morris
Where do I start, sounded like a good story but for me it was not at all scary/lacking tension and the writing was not very good although I did finish it so in some way it did grab me. Throughout I kept getting frustrated at the way Judy had to tell us what she was trying to tell us when in fact if she had left it simple it may have worked. The book feels like a writer trying to find there style, pressurised into publishing something before she had really honed her skills. I doubt it would have...more
Enjoyed the book and certainly wanted to keep reading. I did think that it was generally well written although there was a bit too much telling rather than showing. Eg A clumsy reference to the film American Werewolf which was over explained (maybe a bit picky but it sprung to mind to illustrate my point)
Good story but the relationship between Cathy and her husband, which is on the brink of break-up, miraculously mends because she is proved to have been right "all along", which I felt was a bit...more
Jan Fellows
I really like Judy Finnegan and find her a warm, empathetic person on TV. I picked the book from the hotel library whilst on holiday with high expectations having heard Judy interviewed about her first novel on radio.
Unfortunately, although I did finish it and with some enjoyment, I found it very repetitive & the plot completely predictable. I had hoped for a big twist – I even hoped Cathy's hateful husband had been Eloise’s lover and the father of the twins. At least that would ha...more
Julia Smith
This was lent to me by a woman at work. It's not godawful, but it's not well-written or anything. If one of your friends wrote it, you'd probably be quite impressed. She does harp on about Wuthering Heights and Rebecca a lot. As if sticking a flag on her source material makes her being highly derivative okay. The big detailed descriptions of Cornwall grate after a while. It's like listening to somebody bragging about their holidays. On the whole, the book isn't entirely boring though, and you co...more
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