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…
A hauntingly intelligent, addictive psychological thriller from debut author S. E. Lynes.
It is really hard to believe that Valentina is the authors debut novel.
This is such a cleverly woven story that literally swept me off my feet.
This is one of those stories that to start with I thought I totally knew where it was going, so I sat back and settled into it thinking I would enjoy it for what it was.
Well I have to say I was well and truly gob smacked when I realised I was totally wrong. My only problem was, even though I loved that it was so different to how I thought it was going to go, for the first time ever, I didn’t know if I wanted to carry on as I started to get a really uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach. It started to become a bit like watching a horror film, where you know something bad is going to happen but you just don’t know exactly what or when, so you just have to sit back and wait for it to happen.
I have to take my hat off to the author for making me feel that way as that was how wrapped up I was with the whole storyline and characters and there was more than one occasion I felt chilled to the bone.
It is really hard to go into the actual story itself in any great detail as I think it will give to much away and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else so I’m not going to say anything other than this is a quietly brilliant novel and a must read for any fans of a clever psychological thriller.
Many thanks to Rosalie at Blackbird Digital Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Valentina: A Hauntingly Intelligent Psychological Thriller will be published on the 1st of July and will be available from Amazon, though you can pre order a copy now.