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.
The Mountain In My Shoe is a story that alternates between Bernadette, Conor and a book.
Bernadette is quite a fragile person. She hasn’t been happy for a long time in her marriage to her husband Richard. After years of pretty much existing she finally finds the strength to leave him and move on.
Unbeknown to her husband, Bernadette has secretly been volunteering to befriend children in care. The child she gets to befriend is ten year old Conor. Conor has a huge impact on Bernadette and you can tell she cares as much about him as she would her own children if she had any.
Conor just has to be the sweetest character. He has been through an awful lot in his short time and he has found it hard, but he has this air of maturity about him as well as childlike that just makes you want to give him a big squeeze. Luckily over the last few years he has found a lovely carer in Anne, who is good friends with Bernadette. These two woman have a huge impact on his life. Even though he still gets to see his real mum a couple of times a month, Bernadette and Anne are the much needed role models that he needs that give him the love and attention he so desperately seeks.
The book is Conor’s lifebook. This is a book where his mother, his carers, everyone really he has come into contact with, can write something in it so that when he gets to eighteen he has something to look back on in his time in care. Through the book we get a glimpse into what Conor has been through from being born to where he is now and it makes for a very informative and in parts an emotional read.
This authors novels are so atmospheric. You get a real sense of where the characters live and the surrounding area. Through her writing she draws her readers in so that you lose yourselves into the characters world and what is going on in their lives. I couldn’t help but feel attached to Conor, Bernadette and Anne especially. They are such fabulous characters who instantly warm your heart.
The Mountain In My Shoe is just a truly wonderful novel that will melt any heart. It is shrouded with mystery and with such great characters, I literally could not tear myself away from the story. It is beautifully written and an extremely touching read. Loved it.
My thanks to Karen at Orenda for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
The Mountain In My Shoe is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.