The Woman in the Wood
Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . .
One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.
It's not long before they, too, are removed from their London hom...more
It turned out to be rather an odd book and I struggled to see who it was aimed at. Everything was explained as though the audience might not understand, for example, what happens when a young boy is abducted and held by his abductor for weeks. As though in fact he ...more
The Woman in the Wood marks bestselling British author Lesley Pearse’s twenty fifth book, which is an achievement in itself. I have followed and enjoyed Pearse’s work for some years now. The latest release from Pearse is another compelling saga, tying together a complex family drama, within a crime fiction narrative and it also features a strong historical backdrop of 1960’s Britain.
The Woman in the Wood opens in the year 1960. At the West London home of Hol ...more
Within a few days of their mother leaving Duncan and Maisy are being sent to live with their cold hearted grandmother at Nightingales which is located deep in the New Forrest countryside. Their grandmother is not kind, loving or caring towards them and she leaves them to do as they pleased ...more
This book starts as a easy family drama (as easy as that can be) book then you hit the middle then it's twists into a thrilling mystery which you don't see coming.
It's funny, very sad and shocking all at the same time.
I highly recommend the woman in the woods if you're looking for a easy but thrilling read.
I am a huge fan of Lesley Pearse and her unique style in writing. The book covers all bases:- tension, romance, friendship, drama and crime. There is a fantastic character list of which some are likeable, ...more
25% might seem like an early place to give up, but nothing had happened and I was getting fed up. I almost put it down at 15% but reading Janel’s (Keeper of Pages) review spurred me on to reading the next 10% before I had to give up.
The characters, for me, felt stiff and unrealistic, and the dialogue was so clunky! So stilted and proper. I didn’t like any of the characters I had read about that far into the story, so I couldn’t imagine liking any of them at any point! And that’s not a g ...more
I was eagerly awaiting this latest release, her 25th book and was delighted to receive an early copy so I started it straight away.
The Woman in the Wood was everything I'd hoped for, I loved it, it really captured my imagination I was completely taken in by the story.
I don't know how Lesley manages to keep ...more
Although the premise of the story was good and the storyline proved excellent, I found it read like an Enid Blyton. Speech was stilted and unnatural - people said things that they just wouldn't say, solely for the purpose of getting part of the story over and I expected more of this author.
I found there was little tension and far more could ...more
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Heartbreaking and emotional on so many levels. There’s everything you’d expect from a Lesley Pearse novel – emotions, intrigue, mystery and a cracking good story with full bodied characters. I can’t imagine the terror of seeing your mother torn from the family home, put into an asylum, growing up with little love and affection. The country during WW2 was a time for stiff upper lips and resilience but this is something else, and it ‘s a very e ...more
Wow, I loved this book but then I knew I would because Lesley Pearse is such a talented author.
It didn't matter that the weather was awful when I was out in our motorhome this year it gave me a valid reason for staying in and reading this brilliant story.
Everyone wanted to explore but I was secretly cheering when the heavens opened and the rain came pounding down.
There are lots of other reviews praising this story so I won't add any comments with the wonderful tale that is w ...more
One to recommend. My thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for the advance reader copy. ...more
The beginning hooked me right in and as the story unfolds we follow the story of twins Maisy & Duncan, the close bond they share but the shocking horrors they go through.
Why doesn't their cold Grandmother seem to care when suddenly Duncan doesn't return one day for dinner especially when police are investigating boys bodies that have turned up in the surrounding area?. Fra ...more
The story is set in the earl ...more
Set in 1960's England fifteen year old twins Duncan and Maisy have their lives torn apart when their mother is taken away and committed and their Father sends them to live in their Grandmother's house in The New Forest.
It follows their lives for the next few years where they try to grow up and figure out their futures but unfortunately both face some terrible experiences that will either make or break them.
You get a bit of everything with this book - there is some coming of age, mystery ...more
The Woman in the Wood is Lesley Pearse’ 25th book and what a great achievement. It is also the fifth book of hers that I’ve read; and Lesley is one of the few authors whose books I will always buy regardless. Her stories are family saga/drama based but with an added suspense/crime element and she doesn’t shy away from difficult or disturbing subjects, The Woman in the Wood being no exception. The storyline here is not a particularly pleasant one but despite it being set in the 1960’s it is s ...more
Interestingly, The Woman in the Wood features some very dark themes but I’d still recommend it to readers who tend to avoid novels with sinister themes/content. I say ...more
Brilliant! Easy read, the main characters are likeable and couldn’t help myself not caring for them. When I started this novel, I haven’t had a clue where this novel will take me but one thing I was sure that I won’t be disappointed. I love Lesley Pearse’s books, love her style and the way she manages to transport the readers through the story.
This is the story of Grace, a woman who isolated herself from the world, in fact she lives in a shack in the for ...more
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'The Woman in the Wood' is Lesley Pearse's new book and one I've been SO excited about reading. Firstly, it's Lesley Pearse!!! How am I not supposed to be excited? And secondly it's her 25th book which adds another dimension and makes it even more special both for her and her fans who have been following her work devotedly for years. Her books have been No1 bestsellers and have sold in more than 10 million copies to date! One would expect that after so many b ...more
What an amazing author she is! The way she builds a story, laying all the of foundations, bit by bit, increasing the ten ...more
Pages - 400
Publisher - Penguin
Blurb from Goodreads
Fifteen-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother Duncan lose their mother to an asylum one night in 1960.
The twins are sent to their grandmother's country house, Nightingales. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices, to explore and to grow. That is until the day Duncan doesn't come home from the woods.
With their grandmother seeming to have little interest in her grandson's disappearanc ...more
The twins are in their teens, living what they think to be a fairly average life in ...more
I will say this, this is the darkest novel I have ever read by Lesley Pearse. I was quite taken aback in par ...more
What I loved so much about The Woman in the Wood is that it has it all, crime, family drama, bits of romance and bucket loads of tension.
Fifteen-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother Duncan lose their mother to an asylum one night in 1960. The twins are sent to their grandmother's country house, Nightingales. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices, to explore and to grow. That is until the day Duncan doesn't come home fro ...more
I’ve always been a huge fan of Lesley Pearse’s writing and over the years I’ve read every book of hers if you include The Woman In The Wood that makes twenty five books. You would think after writing so many books the author would be running out of fresh ideas and characters, but no her novels continue to be original in content and compelling. I think this is definitely the darkest book due to the subject matter, but it is now firmly one ...more