I read this in one sitting, more or less. I had to put it down to get a train and thanks to travel sickness rearing its ugly head I had to wait to reaI read this in one sitting, more or less. I had to put it down to get a train and thanks to travel sickness rearing its ugly head I had to wait to read it until I got home. It's probably just as well. Behind Closed Doors is one of the best books I have read in a while and it frightened the life out of me. Whilst reading it I couldn't settle, I had to keep getting up and walking about while continuing to read as Grace and Jack's story developed.
If you are looking for a page turner, a stunning debut, a perfect psychological thriller, then you probably won't get much better than Behind Closed Doors. I certainly won't forget this book for a long time and I already know it's in my list of top ten books for 2016.
Losing her mother six months previous means photographer Grace is back in Devon for the reading of her mother's will. Except it's not a really a willLosing her mother six months previous means photographer Grace is back in Devon for the reading of her mother's will. Except it's not a really a will and more a set of instructions for her to follow. Grace must journey across the British Isles, and Zagreb too, to find out more about her mother's life and who she really was. Not only this but she won't be traveling alone. Alasdair, a battered and weary Marine who has stayed at the retreat run by Grace's mother, will be traveling with her along with letters and some of her ashes.
Having lost my own mother I can completely sympathize with Grace's bewilderment at what she was being asked to do. Having known her all her life as one person she discovers that her mother was not who she said she was and exceedingly good at keeping secrets. Traveling from the Yorkshire Dales where Grace discover family she never knew she had, via the Scottish Highlands and a man who may or may not be her father, to Zagreb where it becomes apparent that Grace never really knew her mother at all. it becomes a journey to find both herself and love, just as Rosamund planned all along.
Worried that her daughter's career as a paparazzo is destroying her life Rosamund is determined for her to move on and she knows exactly who with. Seeing Alasdair's reaction to his first meeting with Grace Rosamund starts plotting and planning as she writes a series of letters to Grace before passing away from terminal cancer. It's her hope that Grace will fall in love with Alasdair along the way and he with her, taking both their lives down a different path.
Family feuds, marital affairs, Scottish weddings and some beautiful locations make The Wedding Cake Tree a great read. I had every intention of starting it, reading a few pages and putting it down. Three hours later I was turning the last page of the book having loved Grace, Alasdair, Rosamund, Jake and all the other characters with a lot of laughter and quite a few tears.
Beautifully written it felt almost like watching a movie rather than a book. The descriptions of all the locations Grace and Alasdair visited were so vivid, so real, it felt like you were there with them. Despite the crying I'm so glad I read this wonderful tale of grief, hope, and the relationship between mother and daughter and look forward to seeing what else Ms Hudson writes next. I'm also going to check out wedding cake trees!...more
I'm not sure what drew me to How To Be A Good Wife originally but it's become one of those books that burrows under your skin, for me anyway. The storI'm not sure what drew me to How To Be A Good Wife originally but it's become one of those books that burrows under your skin, for me anyway. The story of a wife trying desperately to make sense of things that she may or may not be hallucinating, HTBAGW is beautifully written, complex, eerie and chilling. After the first few pages I really wasn't sure that I wanted to continue reading but I pushed on and in the end finished the book in one sitting. I've since read numerous reviews and discovered that other people felt the same way, it is definitely worth persevering with. The relationship between Marta and her husband, Marta and her mother-in-law, even between Marta and her grown-up son seem to be teetering on the edge of something dangerous and make for a compelling read. By the time I reached the end of the book I was completely drawn in and terrified about what would happen by the time I got to the last page. It is impossible to say more without spoiling the the book so I can only say make sure you read a copy - and soon!...more