Maggie Macbeth's life has taken a drastic turn for the worse, she has lost her prominent upper-level job in Hong Kong and has found her way back to the single spare bedroom of her University roommate, Cath. Whilst Maggie only wants this to be a temporary stay in Archdale she may realise this is the opportunity to find herself again.
A huge thank you to Red Door Press for including me in this blog tour for what is now one of my favourite reads of the year! Contemporary novels are something I dip in and out of throughout the year but I always come back to thrillers however this novel has completely changed my outlook and I'll be picking more books like this up!
Murray's writing skill kept me hooked throughout and definitely left me wanting more even though initially I didn't love Maggie as a main character. She was very stand-offish that made me struggle to connect with her but as I kept reading it became clear that she just struggled to be open with people and therefore, with the reader. By the end of the novel I was rooting for Maggie to get her happily ever after and *spoiler* I was not disappointed. This was a heartfelt and emotional journey that I cannot see anyone disliking.
Small town settings are always a positive for me whether that be in books, TV shows or films. It always creates a strong connection to both the characters and the story because the reader/watcher doesn't have to split their attention between various places. Murray beautifully adopts this writing technique and makes Archdale the perfect setting by reflecting the calming landscape in Cath's personality but also incorporates some pathetic fallacy with the weather and Maggie's initial downhill story line.
As I neared the end of the book I was prepared to give the book four stars, it was really up there but was just missing a small part I couldn't put my finger on but then this big twist! I was blown away by Murray's ending here. Twist endings are always better when little hints are dropped throughout the novel that seem irrelevant at the time but are a big part of the story and Murray executed it perfectly.
Based on all this I couldn't not give it five stars. I am completely in love with this book and recommend everyone read it, it's a beautiful narrative on finding yourself and finding your feet when all seems lost.
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