Today is my turn on the blog tour for "I Looked Away" by Jane Corry, for my stop I have my review, enjoy!
I Looked Away by Jane Corry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - in and out over 4 days
Pages - 493
Publisher - Penguin
Source - Review Copy
Blurb from Goodreads
Alternate title "I Looked Away" / "Child of Mine"
THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HUSBAND'S WIFE AND THE DEAD EX
Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anything else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband's affair. But he swore it was over, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she's got.
Then one day, while she's looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And for just a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. The accident that happens will change her life forever.
Because Ellie is hiding something in her past.
And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder...
Present day, Ellie: an argument with her husband, her eye off the child for a minute will change life as she knows it. We flick to a few months after the accident and then go between characters and timelines. Jo is homeless and so opposite of Ellie and it takes a fair few chapters to get a feel for the characters and where the story may be going. In between Jo and Ellie we get snippets of someones life, written in italics, starting as a child in an abusive situation and other flashes as they grow up. Took a fair bit to make any kind of context for me but I can be a bit slow on the uptake putting pieces together.
I loved in between the chapters we got a flower, it's common name, it's proper name and the story or meaning behind it, I love things like that in books especially when not expecting it. The story lines, because there are really three it did take me a wee bit to settle into. Reading them all, they each grab and engage the reader but keeps you on your toes trying to figure out what the context is, if any, to the other characters.
Certainty draws you in quickly and teases out across the pages the secrets and depths of the characters. Emotions, manipulations, darkness, versatility, family, love, betrayal and more than a few scenes spiked strong reactions. I have read this author before and will be reading her again, 3.5/5 for me this time, engaging, page turning, depth and a lot to spill!