Friday, 17 July 2015

Book Review: Secrets of the River by Jess McGlynn

You may remember a while back I interviewed my blogging friend, Jess McGlynn about the release of her debut novel. Well, it may have taken me a while, but I finally finished it. Let me reassure you, it didn't take that long because the book was hard-going, merely because I go weeks without picking up a book!

The book follows our protagonist Isabelle as she attempts to flee a deep, dark secret following the death of her fiance. She finds herself hiding out in a tiny, seemingly quiet, French village with her sister, Martha, where she soon discovers that everyone is hiding something.

The secrets begin to unravel as Isabelle forms friendships with three very different men. Who will she end up with? And will they be able to overlook her past? These are the questions that keep you turning the page along with a good number of sub-plots to keep the other characters interesting also. My only criticism would be that some of the sub-plots would make great novels in and of themselves and I was left wanting more depth to them! (Maybe an idea for a spin-off, Jess?)

For a debut novel, I think Jess has done a stellar job - and that's coming from someone who is normally quite sceptical of the self-publishing movement! If this is what she can write as a first novel with little professional input then I can't wait to read her next book and I truly hope that her talents are one day noticed by the publishing big-wigs.

If you like chick-lit and are looking for a good pool-side read this summer, that has both romance and mystery then you should definitely check this book out. And at £1.99, I don't really think you can go wrong.

Download Secrets of the River here.

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