When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.
But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane…
That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.
She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?
As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears…
Very rarely does a debut grab you as much as Valentina did for me.
S.E Lynes stylishly, taut and absorbing thriller is one hell of a tale. I honestly do not know who I felt more dislike for, Mikey, Valentina or Shona.
Shona comes across as a meek and subservient woman, tired with a small baby and lonely because of having to move to a out of the way but gorgeous cottage so Mikey can pursue his ‘career’. When she meets the gregarious and hippy Valentina, she is grateful to have a friend.
What happens in this novel is genuinely a horror filled realistic relationship thriller. Everyone wants their cake and they will do everything they can to eat it too.
Shona is a character that although I liked, I just wanted to shake her, Valentina, a woman who I myself would probably befriend and Mikey, well, sorry for saying this, is a man. And we all know if they can get with things, they will.
Valentina is a shocking brilliantly told tale. It is startling, un-nerving and everything in between.
A novel that begs the question, who can we really trust and what would we do if we were in Shona’s position?
Bloody fabulous. The twist is genius .
BUY THE BOOK