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I Looked Away

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  85 reviews
THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HUSBAND'S WIFE AND THE DEAD EX

Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anything else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband's affair. But he swore it was over, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she's got.

Then one
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Expected publication: June 27th 2019 by Penguin
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Amanda
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have to say I’ve read the Killing Type by Jane Cory, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I could not wait to start this book!!

We first meet Ellie in prison, we do not know why she is there.

Ellie has been married to Roger for 28 years and they have recently gone through marriage counselling as he has had numerous affairs. They have 2 grown up children Amy and Luke and She lives for the days when she looks after her grandson Josh. One day whilst looking after Josh she takes her eyes of him for a mome
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Pauline
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I Looked Away by Jane Corry was a very emotional story of Ellie who has been hiding from a traumatic incident she was involved in as a child. She is now married to a controlling husband who cheats on her. She has two grown up children and a small grandson. Whilst babysitting her grandson one afternoon he disappears and Ellie's life is changed forever.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Books (UK) for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nicki
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a hell of a lot more to this emotionally charged,enthralling story than the synopsis suggests. It's a heart string pulling story that covers a number of realistic issues that affects millions of people every day. Depending on their circumstances some of the issues that feature in this book might upset some readers but the subject matter is written realistically and with care and sensitivity.

I Looked Away is the story of two women from completely different social classes. There is Ellie,
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Sue Plant
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-corry
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this disturbing and amazing book

this is written as two people ellie and jo...and its their story,each have been through a traumatic experience and i found deeply disturbing to read, it hit a few nerves, as every good book should

but on the whole i kept at it and am glad that i finished it, but it makes you feel as though you have been through the wringer...at times it was hard to carrying on reading it

well worth a read if you lik
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Mike Sumner
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A complex story, a parable for our time built around dissociative PTSD, a dissociative fugue that affects Ellie with devastating consequences. Married to a philandering husband, Ellie devotes her time looking after her grandson, Josh. Until that fateful moment when Ellie was distracted....

What follows is a beautifully composed tale of how tragic events can impact on mental well-being. What happens to Ellie? Who is Jo? The two characters around who the plot is built. At times it's exasperating, t
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Liz Fenwick
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful, emotional...I couldn’t put it down!!
Joan
Mar 24, 2019 marked it as maybe-maybe-not  ·  review of another edition
I'd be more inclined to read this if the blurb didn't shriek at me in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS that it's

THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HUSBAND'S WIFE AND THE DEAD EX

I don't like it when people shout at me like that, especially when I am perfectly capable of reading (and understanding) words written in lower case letters ;)
Karen Whittard
I looked away tells the story of every parents nightmare scenario. This book is littered with suspense as oh try to uncover what has happened. It’s a good physiological thriller.
ReadandRated
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars from me

Jane Corry has deftly captured the devastation that a childhood trauma can have upon a whole life in I Looked Away. Some people in this world just don't have much luck and poor old Ellie is certainly one of them! The book follows Ellie from a young girl in a 'normal' family all the way through to her becoming and grandmother and along the way she endures some pretty awful events. Most people would be unlikely to go through one of the things Ellie has to cope with and yet this poor
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Sheri
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forty-nine year old Ellie, a devoted granny to little Josh, lives for the days when she looks after him. But when Ellie’s attention is distracted one day, the consequences are dramatic. Because there are things in Ellie’s past, now coming back to haunt her, which she’d much rather forget...

The story is told in turn by Ellie, who recounts her life both before and after a deeply traumatic event in her teenage years, and by Jo, a homeless woman who tells of her life on the streets.

Ellie - short f
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Lainy
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - in and out over 4 days

Pages - 493

Publisher - Penguin

Source - Review Copy

Blurb from Goodreads

Alternate title "I Looked Away" / "Child of Mine"

THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HUSBAND'S WIFE AND THE DEAD EX

Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anything else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband's affair. But he swore it was over, and Ellie has decided to
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Rachel
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Often there is a book which captures your attention and you cannot put it down. For me, it was this book.

We meet Ellie Halls, she has been hiding from a traumatic incident as a child, one which she carries the burden of all her life. Now married to a controlling husband, Roger, she has two children of her own and a grandson, Josh, whom Ellie adores.

The disappearance of Josh one afternoon changes Ellie life in a way you could never imagine and it is here that we meet Jo who lives on the street. T
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Rebecca Phillips
Going into the book, I assumed it would be a simple story about a woman looking after her grandson, her taking her eye off him for a moment and him getting into trouble. It is so much deeper than that.

The story follows Ellie, grandmother to Josh, and her entire life story. From losing her mother as a young child, her father remarrying, gaining a baby brother and an accident which changes everything to meeting her husband and having her own children. We also follow Jo, a homeless lady who is tra
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Emma Curtis
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Jane Corry's new book by the publisher. I love this author's books; her writing is so assured and even though she obviously does a lot of research, it's used in such a way that the narrative isn't overwhelmed by it. This is a complex thriller following a woman living on the streets, a youthful and highly respectable grandmother who is in prison - the reason is part of the mystery - and a little girl being treated callously by her new stepmother. They all l ...more
Glynis
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great book! I couldn’t put it down! This book tells the story about Ellie and Jo. Two women who have gone through so much in their lives. It has made me look at homeless people in a different way. It definitely made me think about why this is still an issue in a first world country! Thank you to the author and Netgalley for a free copy in return for an honest review. And thank you for showcasing important issues that society faces. Makes me want to do something.
Mel
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, from the first chapter I was hooked! The story flowed well and I'm looking forward to Jane's next book. I would recommend.
Callie Hill
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
looked away is a compulsive and twisty domestic noir that has been impossible to put down. With a past and present timeline, the dual first-person narrative explores the lives of Ellie - a middle-class grandmother, and Jo - a homeless woman. We see the two characters meet at the beginning of the story but just how they are connected and to what degree this seemingly inconsequential liaison has on the storyline is not revealed until we reach the story’s climax. I did have an idea as to what this ...more
Kate Ashton
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We meet Ellie in a prison cell, although we’re not immediately told why. What we do know is that she hasn’t had an easy life and that her husband has cheated on her – possibly more than once. However, the love of her life is her little grandson Josh, who she looks after once a week. But one day her husband gets a phone call from the woman he swears he no longer sees and in her distraction Ellie forgets Josh for a few minutes, with shocking consequences.

We meet Jo, a homeless woman wandering the
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Jeanniehay64
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read The Dead Ex by Jane Cory and loved it so I was very excited to read I looked away.

In my option this book exceeded by expectations. It pulls at your heart strings and deals with issues which are sometimes swept under the carpet but which affect most families daily.

The two main characters are from vastly different worlds. Ellie who is married to Rodger a university lecturer who has two children and a young grandson and Jo who is homeless and estranged from her family, living on the s
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Sarah Simpson
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This heart-pulling story is told via alternating storylines of Jo and Ellie. Ellie, the main protagonist, is revealed as both adult and child and we journey with her through some life-changing and beyond difficult experiences. I particularly loved the sympathetic and empathic way Jane Corry relays the painful and often debilitating condition of PTSD which is sadly more prevalent than we’d think and especially has a high correlation to those who find themselves homeless. We see how PTSD has far-r ...more
michelle
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I looked away by Jane Corry is the third book from the author I have read, and her books keep getting better and better.
Ellie loves her grandson Josh. She looks after him on a Monday afternoon. She takes her eyes of him for a moment as she finds her Husband Rodger is speaking to the woman he is cheating with on the phone. When an accident happens, and Ellie finds a red t-shirt floating in next door neighbours’ pond. She thinks history is repeating itself. She has never got over the death of her
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Val Robson
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Looked Away is told in the voice of two people - Ellie, a middle aged grandmother and Jo, a homeless person. Ellie is married to Roger and seemingly living a stable and reasonably well-off lifestyle where she is able to help those less fortunate than herself like Jo. As the book moves on we see that Ellie’s past has been quite dark and was quite different to her current life.

This isn’t always an easy book as there’s a lot of emotional abuse and I found it hard to like Ellie as she puts up with
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marjorie hall-venmore
# I Looked away # Netgalley
OMG, what a bloody Brilliant book, I was hooked from the prologue, just reading snippets prior to the prologue, I had a feeling this book had something special to say. Theirs Ellie who doesn’t really understand what happening to her mum because of her age. Plus the era back in late 70 and early 80s life was much different those days, it’s got more twist and turn than there is in a bobbin of cotton. Round and round it goes. I genuinely couldn’t put it down and I have j
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Sarahkmartinuk
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book to review from Netgalley. Here is the blurb.

"Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anyone else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband's affair. But he swears it's over now, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she's got.

Then one day, while she's looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And just for a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. The accide
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Joanna Beesley
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘I Looked Away’ by Jane Corry is a brilliantly, different, quirky thriller with numerous twists and turns. It is the third book I have read by Jane Corry and I will be seeking out any more, which appear.

The story is told in the first person by Ellie, who is a grandmother, and Jo, who is a homeless woman trying to find her way around. The narrative goes between the two of them from the seemingly chance meeting between the two at the beginning of the story, but it is not clear, until the final cha
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Graham McGhie
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Outstanding Psychological Thriller:
This is a masterful psychological thriller. Narrated from two perspectives: Ellie and Jo with flashbacks in time to help keep the suspense build.
Ellie is minding her grandchild, Josh, when an accident occurs. Next we know she's in prison awaiting trial for murder. It transpires that Ellie has secrets hidden in her past which are gradually revealed as the novel progresses. Side by side with the revelations about Ellie's past we also have Jo, a homeless woman
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Tina Stapylton
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Corry – I looked Away


This book had me hooked straight away, not only because I also have a grandson who I look after every Monday and I too watch him like a hawk, but because Ellie is such a believable character.

Ellie’s husband had an affair but he promised it was over, however the day he gets a call from the other woman, Ellie takes her eye of the ball and her grandson has an accident.

Ellie’s life from this point forward spirals out of control and Jane takes us on her journey paying meticu
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Kat
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book completely stunned me by being a totally amazing read and what a wonderful well constructed story it is and so damn compulsive that I flew through it as it was so hard to put down. The two alternating storylines of Jo and Ellie are completely engrossing and written so well that I found myself caring deeply about the two characters as we find out more and more about the hardships life has thrown at them. The descriptions of homelessness and life on the road are heartbreaking yet at time ...more
Paula Stammers
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
This is a story about the lives of Ellie and Jo. They couldn’t be more different. Ellie is married to Roger and they have two children and one grandchild, but Roger has been known to have a few affairs over the years of their marriage. Jo is a homeless woman, with a shaved head, who sells the Big Issue on the streets.

The story begins when Ellie is looking after her grandson, Josh, and there is a terrible accident. We then discover the lives of Ellie and Jo through alternate chapters.

This is a gr
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Jax
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Jane Corry's previous books – My Husband's Wife, The Dead Ex and Blood Sisters – she has a unique talent for presenting darker themes of society – prison and homelessness – in the case of I Looked Away, and exposing humanity's flaws.

I looked away is told from two perspectives:

Ellie – then and now – then, when she was a young girl and her little brother was involved in an accicent. And now – when her young grandson is also at risk.

Jo – a middle class woman who has found herself
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