What the blurb says:
When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.
But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane…
That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.
She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?
As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears…
Shona and Mikey move to Aberdeen following the birth of their daughter. The cottage is in a remote area and Shona is struggling with her new role as mum in a unfamilar environment where her nearest neighbours are miles away. Meanwhile Mikey who is working offshore, is the devoted husband and father when at home.
Shona strikes up an unlikely friendship with Valentina who she meets by chance one day. Valentina is mysterious and a bit of a free spirit but Shona quickly warms to this quirky woman, her only real friend in a strange world. However, is everything as it really seems – does Valentina have the perfect life to match her perfect appearance and just what impact is this new friendship going to have on Shona and Mikey’s idyllic life?
Don’t be fulled by the charismatic and beguiling blurb folks, this book is going to twist your mind!
Oh Susie Lynes what fabulous characters you created in Valentina, I loved and hated them in equal measure. Shona, I really felt as though her character was talking to me throughout the book – at times I felt like we were pals sitting having a blether such was the depth of character created. Valentina – ooh what a baddy she is but as a reader I felt manipulated by her and could understand why Shona was so very drawn to her throughout. Mikey infuriated me (but this is good!) Susie has drawn such strong characters that they are going to stay with you long after you turn the last page!
Valentina explores relationships, trust and deceit and does so in a spine tingling fashion with the tension building as you turn each page; I could almost hear the movie soundtrack playing in the background as I read!
I’ve been left with a bit of a book hangover after this! I cannot believe that I’ve had it on my kindle since December and that it is Susie’s debut novel! This isn’t a fast paced, high body count thriller, this one crawls slowly under your skin and winds its tendrils round your brain as the tension builds! Be warned, Valentina is a haunting and magical read which will leave you reeling!