Friday, 27 December 2019

#BlogTour The Move by Felicity Everett


Today it's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Move by Felicity Everett.

About the Author
Felicity Everett grew up in Manchester and studied English Literature at Sussex University. She worked in children's publishing in London, whilst raising a family and is the author of more than twenty works of children's fiction and non-fiction.

After a short career break, Felicity returned to writing full-time and in 201 published her debut novel, The Story of Us, a funny and touching account of the friendships forged between five women at University in the 1980s. Her second novel, The People at Number 9, was published in April 2017, is a dark satire on sex, envy and betrayal in the suburbs. Felicity has recently returned from a few years living in Melbourne, with her husband and now lives in Gloucestershire.

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About the book
Karen is driving through a strange landscape into a new life. Always a city girl, now she is on her way to an idyllic country cottage, refurbished for her with impeccable taste by he husband Nick. They're making a fresh start.

But something is awry in the new house - it's not just the fact that Karen and Nick are ill at ease in one another's company - that their recent history is far from picture perfect, it's the whole vibe. The landscape is breathtaking by day, eerie by night. If the countryside is supposed to be a place of peace, far away from curtain-twitchers, who is the person watching them from the hill? And who are their new neighbours?

With Karen only recently emerging from a dark place in her life, can she find the trust in her husband Nick to let go of events that have followed them to their new house?

Review
What's interesting about The Move is the way Everett gives it the vibe of a psychological thriller and yet at the end you realise it's something else entirely. Around every corner, in every nook and cranny, and behind every hedge and window, there is this suggestion of menace. Something evil this way comes.

The author writes the story in a way that invites the reader to imagine more than actually happens by describing scenarios and people that leaves everything to open to interpretation or more than one possibility.

There is this scene at the very beginning with Karen in the car - I swear till the very last word I expected some revelation about what had really happened. It's quite clever really, because there is this suggestion that people in general have the tendency to assume, imagine and pad out their experiences. Karen for instance tends to jump straight to paranoia, which is sparked by jealousy and low self-esteem.

Her husband Nick loves to gaslight his wife, despite the fact he is a cheat and an abusive parent, he likes to play the innocent hard-done by hubby. Poor Nick who has to put up with the crazy wife and the loser son. Perhaps he has a point though?

For me this is a story about discovery of self, empowerment and setting yourself free from oppressive emotional bonds. As soon as you recognise them you can set yourself free by severing the ties.

The author shows the emotional recovery of Karen and epiphany she has. It's all about comprehending that just because someone points the finger of blame at you it doesn't mean you are actually to blame. When someone tells you who they are - believe them the first time.

Buy The Move at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 23rd January 2020 - Hardback £12.99. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Hive.co.uk.

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