Saturday, 21 March 2015

**GIVEAWAY** Long Hill Home - Kathryn Pincus

“She drifted in an endless black slumber marred only by white hot flashes of pain. She tried to rouse herself from her terrible nightmare. When she finally regained consciousness, terror flooded her with the realization that she was still entombed in darkness and pain, and her nightmare was only beginning.” Kelly Malloy is a wife, a mother and a successful lawyer whose world is shattered when she is brutally attacked while running along the banks of the Brandywine River. Chad McCloskey, a lonely teenage boy from a dysfunctional home, stumbles upon Kelly Malloy’s unconscious body immediately after the assault, and he is falsely accused of the crime after he tries to help her. Maria Hernandez, a young woman who emigrated illegally from Mexico, is reluctantly thrust into the role of witness to the crime, putting her in jeopardy of deportation only weeks before she is to give birth to her child. Kelly, Chad and Maria all suffer tremendous adversity in the wake of the crime, and they ultimately discover that their lives and their fate are inextricably and permanently connected. Long Hill Home is a story of crime, mystery and the legal process—but it is also a story about the human condition, and how, regardless of vast differences in background or circumstances, all people strive for the same things—love, security and a fulfilling life."

Kelly's story is actually quite terrifying - attacked whilst running alone, she then has the battle of returning to her former self, battered and bruised both inside and out, and Kathryn Pincus deals with this issue in a very sensitive manner. I did enjoy this novel, and I enjoyed the way the stories of the three main characters were told in alternating chapters, each putting their own perspective on events, however it did feel a little rushed in places - I perhaps would have enjoyed it more if it was a slightly longer novel, but not quite as pacey. I felt for Chad, a guy who tried to do the right thing, even though to most of us, what he did was the opposite of anything we would have done! He came across as very naive, and even a little simple in some places, which meant that he appeared as a very vulnerable character, which did make my heartstrings tug a little for him. Some of the characters could have been a little more fleshed out - I would have liked to have learnt a little bit more about Dan, but overall I really enjoyed the story, (it reminded me in places of early Mark Gimenez) and look forward to reading more by Kathryn Pincus.

Long Hill Home is out now and you can get it here:

*I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher*


Reading Room With a View has ONE Paperback copy of Long Hill Home to give away! To enter simply follow @ReadingRoom79 on Twitter and retweet the giveaway! Winner will be chosen on Tuesday 24th March. 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good I think I've retweeted your giveaway correctly (@Beadyjan)