A Publication Day Review!
About the book:
London. A January night. Commuters surge into the Underground. Ellen Randall recognises a man standing close to the platform edge: Matt Leyton, her sister Rosanna’s married lover. The man who’s playing a game as old as time. A red-hot flash of uncontrollable anger propels Ellen to his side. The train approaches. Seconds later, Matt has gone.
Carl Teviot is convinced Ellen isn’t a killer, even though he’s only just met her – or rather, found her, huddled in a sleeping bag in an abandoned Tube station: a ghost station. He can’t leave her there, alone, and in danger.
But rescuing her from the tunnel is only the beginning…
What do I think?
The premise to this book piqued my interest. I love a good mystery so I jumped at the chance to review it.
Without giving away any spoilers, the back story is well placed and nicely handled. Information slowly filters through the course of the book. This adds depth and understanding to the twists and turns of the plot, without ever becoming over-bearing or irrelevant. The immediate narrative builds slowly but steadily as well, to create a sense of what happened not only in the Underground station, but also linked subplots. Misunderstandings add confusion for the characters which keeps you reading to find out if your predictions are correct!
The characters themselves are consistent, although those on the periphery perhaps get a little more space in the book than needed. Each has a unique voice which is quite hard to attain in a book with multiple characters. This works nicely and keeps a good pace flowing through the book, which as a reader keeps the pages turning.
For me though, despite this, The Girl in the Tunnel lacks a degree of suspense and intrigue that would propel it onto a ‘must read’ list. It is a nice, easy book to read, and worth it if you have time to pass. There were a few areas where I really felt some extra detail or perhaps omission of detail could have made it more on the edge reading than it was. I also felt that there were some unresolved mental health issues that were touched upon without being fully addressed or even acknowledged, which was a shame.
Overall I would recommend this as an easy read to keep you company on a long journey or a cold autumnal evening.
About the author:
Deirdre lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. She writes women’s and psychological fiction under her own name, and as Zara Thorne. Becoming an author was a childhood dream, although she didn’t have much of a clue as to what it meant. But fast forward several years – okay, many years – and the dream showed signs of becoming reality. She entered the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, twice, and came fourth, twice. So there was the incentive to complete her first novel, Remarkable Things, which was published by Crooked Cat and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award. The Girl in the Tunnel is Deirdre’s 14th book.
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N.B. Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me on this tour, and to Deirdre Palmer for gifting me an e-copy of The Girl in the Tunnel in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own. For more information please see my disclosure page.