The Mountain in My Shoe
Oh my! Well, she did it again - wrote an absolute belter with her debut book "How To Be Brave" and now with the moving and powerful book "The Mountain In My Shoe" she surpassed my expectations and had me gripped to the pages unable to put it down. With a very intriguing title and a beautiful co ...more
Bernadette is quite a fragile person. She hasn’t been happy for a long time in her marriage to her husband Richard. After years of pretty much existing she finally finds the strength to leave him and move on.
Unbeknown to her husband, Bernadette has secretly been volunteering to befriend children in care. The child she gets to befriend is ten year old Conor. Conor has a huge impact on Bernadette and you can te ...more
The story follows a young woman, who is unhappily married and works as a volunteer befriender. Befrienders are unpaid volunteers, who provide continuity for looked after children and other children in need. Looked after children is the term give ...more
The story centres around Conor, a 10 year old boy in the care system who has been shunted from various foster homes all his life. He does have a birth mother but although she is unable to care for him she won’t let him be adopted. Despite such a difficult start to his life, Co ...more
The Mountain in My Shoe is a sort of contemporary, psychological, a bit thriller, a hint of domestic noir, emotional, thought-provoking, sad, but also feel-good character led story. Please don’t ask me to stick this in ...more
I must be the last book blogger on the planet to read The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech, I think the reason it took me so long to read it was because everyone was saying how fabulous it was, now normally I usually find a book with so much praise leaves me feeling disappointed, but this wasn’t the case, so now every book blogger can say “I told you so”. I have to say it is the most exquisite and emotive book I have read in a very lo ...more
The story begins with a brief introduction from 'The Book 'followed by Bernadette, who coincidently can't find said book. The Book is not only missing, but it's also a main character in the novel which, along with Bernadette, play a significant part in a little boy's life. I was immediately drawn to Bernadette's character. I liked her within reading just the first few pages and that has to be because of Louise Beech's fantastic writing.
Conor is a ...more
As some of you know, I wasn’t feeling very well this past week because of a terrible ...more
On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she's leaving, he doesn't come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she's befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his Lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor's foster mom, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband's secrets and a future she never dared imagine in o ...more
Stories of foster children never fail to draw my attention and The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech was no exception. Not only did the characters feel so real they could draw breath, but the story had an element of suspense which at times had me holding mine. Perhaps that's an exaggeration. This wasn't exactly a thriller but it contained a few elements and plot twists that had me speculating about the who, what and why's. For me it was an enjoyable blend of believable characters - mo ...more
Full rave review on way.
A very cleverly writing style made this a book you can't put down.
Thanks to Karen at Orenda books for this copy in exchange for review. It was an honor to have read it.
The Mountain in My Shoe is a wonderful story of a young boy who has been passed from pillar to post in the care system and his befriender - the book is, as expected, beautifully written, the story is wonderfully crafted and the characters, right from the lead players through to the local taxi driver, are fabulously brought to life with Louise ...more
Described as a psychological thriller, The Mountain In My Shoe is more a work of explorative fiction, which delves into what we mean by the word "family". As we know, families come in all shapes and sizes, with some members stepping into different roles, others fulfilling more than one role, some related by blood and others not. Defining a family is difficult, as there can be so many variables. Louise Beech explo ...more
I didn't know much about the care system and I feel I've learned a lot. For someone with experience of fostering and the system, this book will really resonate.
Louise Beech has a real talent for getting inside her characters and making the reader care. Beech is one of those rare authors who I will now pu ...more
Reading certain stories feels like taking a bath. You open the first page, tentatively brushing the water with your toe to check the temperature, and you relax instantly, you know you are in good hands. So you climb into the tub, you let the steam fill your head and your body soak into the water. The Mountain in my Shoe’s waves of words washed over me until it felt a print on my skin, emotions, and mind.
First, I owe Bernadette an apology. Because of her name, I assumed right from the start that...more
Sometimes, and only sometimes, a book can touch the most hidden parts of the mind, evoking emotions and memories that may have been stored away for a long time. That is what happened when I read The Mountain in My Shoe.
I was overcome with an incredible feeling of familiarity whilst reading about Bernadette, Anne and ...more
A powerful novel of love and secrets, set in the all too real settings of Bernadette in a loveless marriage, and Conor who is a boy being passed from foster home to foster home.
Bernadette has been married for 10 years to a man she realises she has no longer loves. They live in a cold and damp flat, alongside the dark and dangerous River Humber. Bernadette has her husband’s meal ready every day when he returns from work at 6pm ...more
Yet it didn't take long for me to realise I was reading something special. The writing is beautiful and at times the story was really emotional. At other times, the ...more
My Rating: 4.5/5
This story opens with Bernadette. Her bags are packed and she is waiting for her husband Richard to come home from work. He’s always home at six, exactly six, but he’s late…so she waits. She is determined to wait and tell him face-to-face that she is leaving him. Her waiting is interrupted by a phone call from Anne.
“He didn’t come home,” says Anne, tearful.
For a moment Bernadette wonders how she knows. It isn’t possib ...more