#BookReview DON’T THINK A SINGLE THOUGHT by DIANA CAMBRIDGE

ABOUT THE BOOK

1960s New York, and Emma Bowden seems to have it all – a glamorous Manhattan apartment, a loving husband, and a successful writing career. But while Emma and her husband Jonathan are on vacation at the Hamptons, a child drowns in the sea, and suspicion falls on Emma. As her picture-perfect life spirals out of control, and old wounds resurface, a persistent and monotonous voice in Emma’s head threatens to destroy all that she has worked for…

Taut, elegant and mesmerising, Don’t Think a Single Thought lays bare a marriage, and a woman, and examines the decisions – and mistakes – which shape all of our lives.

published by LOUISE WALTERS BOOKS

publication date – 26th September 2019

PURCHASE LINKS

Publisher Website 

Amazon 

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MY REVIEW

A really stylish and magnetic story centred around a truly fascinating character, who seemingly had it all along but also had many demons which impacted the way she lived her life from childhood to adulthood, and no matter how many pills she took or therapists she talked to, it was never enough to set her on the path for a quiet life.

Set in the Hamptons it’s a story of Emma who is plagued by ill health which would leave her in bed for days, unable to function normally and despite the best efforts of her husband and a move to the beach, it seemed nothing would ever make her life an easier one.

The story often goes back to Emma and her childhood, where she witnessed a traumatic event and had a poor relationship with her parents and as you watch over this character as time goes on, you get to see the struggles she has with herself, whilst wondering over her reliability as a narrator. There’s always that unease about her as you see her struggle through, acting erratically and even when she gets back to writing she is plagued by events that she cannot shake out of her mind.

Her honesty as a writer earns her huge success and many fans but that success doesn’t last forever, and the voices in her head start to get louder once more – is tragedy always going to follow her around?

I really enjoyed how involved you became as a reader with this book. The anxiety Emma suffers is brilliantly portrayed and by repeating the past is she just hoping that things will change in the end or is there no other way out for her? A sophisticated and engaging read, which I highly recommend.

★★★★

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About the book

Once upon a time Gabrielle Price wrote and published an extraordinary novel. 

But twenty years on her literary star has dimmed, her “work of genius” is all but forgotten, and no further novels have materialized. She now lives an unremarkable life: middle-aged, living alone in the sleepy village she grew up in, and working as a housekeeper for the local vicar. Her lonely existence is dominated by memories of her best friend Madeleine, who died young, in tragic and mysterious circumstances. 

Gabrielle’s quiet world is turned upside down when she meets and befriends Simon – young, attractive, a would-be writer, and enthusiastic fan of the astonishing novel that Gabrielle published all those years ago. Charmed and flattered, she recklessly invites him into her home and her heart. But Simon is mysterious and manipulative, and it’s not long before he forces Gabrielle to confront the demons in her past. Gabrielle’s obsession begins to destroy her carefully cultivated life, and she comes to feel increasingly threatened by Simon’s presence. Who is he? Why did he seek her out? And what does he really want?

Published by Louise Walters Books

Purchase Links

Publisher Website  £8.99 with free postage

waterstones £8.99

amazon £8.99

Kindle pre-order – out 7th March 2019 £2.99

MY REVIEW

I will be forever grateful to the world of book blogging/reviewing for allowing me to read books that would normally pass me by – and that is exactly how I feel about this book which  had me well and truly spellbound from the moment I picked it up and I’m still thinking about the characters many hours later and cannot recommend it highly enough!

The character of Gabrielle Price is at the centre of this story – she’s a writer and published a work of ‘genius’ many years earlier but nothing has followed since and she’s never really settled or found her place in life.  Happy to be a housekeeper for the local vicar, she’s content – or so she thought  – doing her own thing and keeping to herself.  But there’s always been the death of her close friend – Madeleine – hanging over her and she is plagued by memories o their friendship and what could have been.  We get to read flashbacks of their time together through childhood and into their young adult life, when they both changed as people and different feelings bubbled up between them causing them to drift apart.

When Gabrielle receives a ‘fan letter’ from a young writer she is shocked that her book still has people taking notice of it, and agrees to meet this fan who turns out to be a young man named Simon, who claims to want to write his own book and is looking for advice and inspiration from her.

What follows is a tale of an older woman being secretly flattered by this attention and the hold that Simon begins to have over her is intoxicating.  She knows she should know better but just can’t seem to help spending time with him and their friendship is soon the talk of the local village.  

I found the strength of this book to be the attention to detail and the characters, who have been crafted so beautifully.  It’s a slow burn of a novel which jumps seamlessly between the now and to the past when we get to explore the intricacies of being young  female friendships.  There is so much unknown about Simon but he has such a way with words that the story he tells Gabrielle allows her  to trust him and confides some of her darkest secrets to him.  

A exhilarating book that is full of dark secrets, obsessive behaviour and mind games.  Stunning!!

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My thanks to the publisher and author for the advanced reading copy in return for a fair and honest review.