Review From User :
This is a superb dark psychological thriller, how could it not be with the title it has! The story is populated with flawed characters and is told from the POV of Lily and Carla. Lily and Ed get married, she is starting as a criminal lawyer and he is an artist. Carla is a manipulative child, who along with her mother, is befriended by Lily. Ed comes to find success through his picture of Carla, 'The Italian Girl'. Lily has a client, Joe, who is convicted of murdering his girlfriend, a scenario which lets just say gets complicated. Moving on in time, Lily is a successful partner in the law firm, still married to Ed and with an autistic son. Carla returns, and Ed wants to paint her again.
In a story crammed full of twists, Jane Corry has focused on the human aspects. The characters are complex, it can be difficult to establish the motivations for some of their actions, but this is often how real people can be like. You are drawn into the relationships and want to know more. An assured debut from the author. Many thanks to Penguin for an ARC via netgalley.
Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings.
She goes to sit on her favourite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy.
But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?