‘I’ve fled from my husband and the only life I’ve ever known. I’m terrified that if he finds me, I’ll never find myself.’
Kat is trapped in a world where she has never belonged. As a traveller, she has always felt lost, especially since the death of her parents in a fire when she was fourteen years old. Having been taken on by the Denton family as their own, Kat falls in love with their son, tearaway Jimmy. His charm soon wears off and Kat finds herself married to a controlling and violent thug.
Sixteen years later, Kat decides enough is enough and begins plotting her escape from a lifetime of abuse.
Stripped of her personality, Kat has no idea how to start again but she finds an unlikely ally in her sister-in-law Ellie who shows Kat that she is not alone.
Kat and Ellie Denton begin their venture into a new world, where they meet new people and build new lives. But Kat still wants to know more about her parents’ past and when she seeks the location of an address on the back of a family photograph, Kat begins to uncover more than she expected including a revelation that will lead Kat back to the traveller site she had been so desperate to escape from.
Will she find the answers she is looking for, or will she fall prey to the violent Jimmy Denton once more?
If you liked Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and Between You and Me, you’ll love Chasing the Traveller.
Chasing The Traveller is very much a domestic noir story with a touch of suspense.
It’s weird to say you really enjoy a book especially due to the nature of the story being quite a dark one. I did though. I loved that the story line was to do with travellers as it gave me a bit of an insight into what life is like in that community, though I am sure it is very different to Kat and Jimmy’s.
Jimmy right from the off I disliked. He is a bully. A big manipulative one at that. No wonder Kat is in constant fear of him and was desperate to get away.
Kat is someone the reader really routes for. I wanted her to be able to move on with her life and to have the happiness she so much deserves. To start with Kat is like a frightened rabbit, she is very much struggling to get on with her life as she is constantly looking over her shoulder. I really enjoyed reading the thread to do with her family as not only was Kat discovering things about them but so are we. It certainly makes for some interesting reading.
Chasing The Traveller is a gripping read where the tension builds up the further into the book you get making it impossible to put down. Whilst the nature of the story is an uncomfortable one the author makes sure that Kat’s story keeps you turning the pages. Loved it and highly recommended.
My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Chasing The Traveller is available to purchase from Amazon.