How do you escape what you can't remember?
She can run. But can she hide?
Helen Graham is a new arrival in a tiny Yorkshire village, renting dilapidated Wildfell Hall. The villagers are intensely curious - what makes her so jumpy, and why is she so evasive?
Their interest is Helen's worst nightmare. Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it can catch up with her. With everything she knows in fragments, from her marriage to her career as a war photographer, how can she work out who to trust and what to believe? Most days she can barely remember who she is....
©2015 Sam Baker (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Compelling, honest and moving." (Psychologies)
"A grown-up tale of love and loss...humane and life-affirming." (Jojo Moyes)
"You'll need someone to discuss it with as soon as you've turned the final page." (Independent on Sunday)
No to Sam Baker, yes to any narrated by Jenny Funnell.
I gave up caring about any of them.
The narrator was very good.
The book dragged and was so repetative in Helens need to hide away. It took so long to get anywhere that I had given up caring. Not worth the cost of a credit. The end was even more dissapointing than I could have expected.
I love a good mystery and something that takes my interests off at a tangent - fiction or non-fiction, whatever inspires me at that moment.
The names were the same and Wildfell Hall was the location in both but it's best to read this as a novel in its own right with war photographer Helen trying to escape from a disastrous marriage and unable to recall the circumstances behind a fire in Paris which took the life of a man - but who he was and how it started makes her fear the worst. Could she be an arsonist and has she murdered her husband?
She flees to England, adopts a French spelling of her name "Helėne" and rents the dilapidated hall where she can be alone. However, the gossips of the local village are intrigued by the mysterious 'French' woman and, failing to draw her into the community, come to their own conclusions.
Gil Markham is a recently retired journalist and divorcee whose curiosity is roused by a chance encounter with Helėne in the village. Trying not to admit to himself that he feels an attraction to her, he sets out to befriend the newcomer. In doing so he glimpses a photo of a young boy on her computer that he has a strange feeling he's seen before. What he discovers on-line - and what he doesn't - leads her to confide her story as far as she remembers, but in the large gap lies danger.
The chapters race by from this stage of the book as I found it hard to hit 'pause'. The pace quickens and intrigue increases until the dramatic final chapter. I felt a little disappointed that the ending seemed a bit predictable until I thought again - maybe all is not as it seems.
What a fab listen, from start to finish. I really enjoyed the way the plot unraveled. Cleverly woven story with the constant did she didn't she !
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