The Mountain in my Shoe Louise Beech

41lgisvh51l-_ac_us160_Pub: Orenda books

A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself. On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all. Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love

This is writing at it’s very best.

I love a good title that makes me wonder why the book is so called. This title evokes a sense of something big and also something quite the opposite.

This tale starts with the mention of a book that has gone missing. Bernadette, planning on leaving her husband of ten years, cannot leave without it. The book is a history of life, but it is also a secret. Bernadette keeps a lot of secrets from her husband Richard, and again I wondered why.

The Mountain in my Shoe made me ask a lot of questions about the characters that I grew to love, all for different reasons.

Filled with twists and and emotionally charged this is an appealing, beautiful and compelling read. It is also a haunting and soul-stirring tale that Beech has told with humility and feeling.

A highly poignant tale of the Care system and abuse within a marriage, Beech has written a tale that makes the reader think, cry and while this is a fantastic fictional story, the genuine reality of the lives within the pages are perfectly told, I was left feeling very lucky to have the life I have.

To feel and be loved is the most basic of human need, and this is something that Bernadette and Conor  yearn for.

A heart-tugging tale that will stay with the reader long after the last page is done.

5*/5

 

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