Why did I pick this book as my Book of the Month?
It won’t surprise many people who read my blog regularly to know what a huge fan of all of Lesley’s books I am. So when I was asked if I wanted an advanced proof of her latest book Forgive me (due out Valentine’s day 2013) there wasn’t a chance I would turn it down! So whilst most won’t be able to read it until next year, I really couldn’t help but tease you with my review – and I don’t apologies for it!!!!
When Eva Patterson returns home from work one day, a devastating scene awaits her. Her mother, Flora, lies dead in the bath. Beside her is a note saying only: ‘Forgive Me’.
Until then, Eva always believed her family’s life would be comfortable and secure – but Flora’s suicide changes everything. And when Eva discovers that in her will Flora left her an artist’s studio in London, she realises how little she knows about her mother’s past.
When Eva visits the now derelict studio, she is shocked to find out that her mother was once a successful artist back in the 1960s. A chance encounter leads her to Phil, who agrees to help her restore the studio, as well as offering her the advice and friendship Eva so badly needs.
In the studio attic she finds a collection of Flora’s paintings and old diaries, which Eva believes were purposely left for her to find. Searching for answers, Eva encounters a psychic who mysteriously warns her to beware of a ‘sleeping serpent’, which she soon discovers refers to a shocking crime in Flora’s past.
Will discovering the truth destroy Eva’s belief in everything she holds dear? And will Phil stand by Eva even when her journey leads her and those she loves into certain danger?
Like most, the last books of Lesley’s I read were Belle and then The Promise which were set in the very early 1900’s. This book is very different and takes you straight to the (almost) present day 1991.
The story follows Eva Patterson whose world changes one days when she walks into her home and finds her Mother dead. From that day on, nothing is as she thought, every ounce of innocence and youth is stripped from her.
When I started reading this book, it has all the typical Lesley Pearse impact in the first few pages but if I am honest I found it a little more gentle than I expected over the first handful of chapter. However, do NOT be fooled, you will feel kicked, battered and bruised by the time you reach the final page. The twists and turns Eva’s journey takes you on doesn’t give you time to sit back and think or reflect.
I am constantly surprised on how much tragedy and pain Lesley inflicts onto her leading lady. Just when you get over one hurdle, whack – something else happens. The centre of all her books are the family connections and this is no exception. Packed full of emotion, sorrow and you long for happiness.
There is no doubt that this is yet again a fantastic read. It will pull you in at page one and you won’t come back up again until you turn to the last page, and likely like me, to have shed a tear on the way.
Whilst very different to Belle (my favourite read of 2011), Forgive me is absolutely brilliant and I can’t recommend it enough. Another fabulous read and clearly another bestseller.
I asked Lesley the following questions:-
1) Forgive me will be released on Valentines Day 2013, what is it about?
Set in 1990’s it is the story of how when twenty year old Eva’s mother commits suicide, Eva is to discover that nothing in her family background is as she believed.
3) The leading ladies seem to suffer so much trauma in their world when you write, it’s very powerful and clearly important to you but what makes you focus on this aspect and where do you get the inspiration from?