Coming To Find You: the Sunday Times Bestseller and this summer's must-read thriller
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This often hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times-bestselling psychological dramas, of which she has now sold over a million copies worldwide. This one was a bit of a let down for me the Nancy storyline just felt a little rushed and underwhelming. Set in different time lines with tragic circumstances in both this is an interesting look into war time Britain and also how in the beat of the heart circumstances can change. But this book suffers from that dual POV trope of using chapter cliffhangers but then switching to the other POV.
Fleeing the trial to her grandmother’s old home Tall Chimneys, Nancy struggles with the decisions she made and the consequences that follow. Tall Chimneys has a history all of its own and we also follow Elizabeth in this story, who owned the house during World War II. Her grandmother’s beautiful Regency house in a quiet seaside village seems like the safest place to hide.Set in Sidmouth and written during the second world war and the present day, this book takes you on an emotional journey. It is splashed over the papers and Nancy knows that soon she will have journalists on her doorstep, so she decides to go to Sidmouth in Devon, to the house she has inherited from her grandmother Adeline, Tall Chimneys. This is a dual timeline story, with Elizabeth’s and Nancy’s stories interwoven, the former taking place during the second world war and the latter taking place in the present. It is apparent that Nancy is someone with a troubled backstory and I felt convinced from quite early on that there were more revelations to come from her part in the story. Than in the now time we have Nancy who is going through a lot of trauma and facing trauma from her past as she goes back to tall chimneys the house that Elizabeth use to run.
Tall Chimneys and Sidmouth make a superb backdrop and are used most effectively in both periods of time. Especially with something from the past that has haunted her, that changed her life, leaving her unable to trust. Following the conviction of her stepbrother Martin for their parents' murder, Nancy just wants to hide away from the world, but unfortunately neither Martin nor the rest of the world seems keen to let her be. When its current owner is forced to relocate there to avoid the press that had hounded her in her London home.Elizabeth takes in two children and their teacher as refugees during the war, and events happen here that lead to more secrets being kept.
DESCRIPTION : A heart-stopping psychological thriller about a woman running from the aftermath of a gruesome family tragedy--and also from the truth about her part in it. The second being the 'cliffhanger' sentences at the end of every paragraph - it's filled with things like 'no one can know what I did', 'if he only knew the truth. I don’t feel it’s a story you’d want to rush, the characters deserved my time and that’s what I gave them. There was incredible pacing for a thriller and many twists and turns that I felt came to a satisfying conclusion at the end.
The modern day thriller was combined expertly with a moving and suspenseful story of life during WWII. If you like mystery books about family secrets with a bit of darkness, add this one to your TBR list. While at the house some memories from the past come back to haunt her, and Martin isn't happy that she's moved away and won't visit. The setting was also vivid and despite the creepiness of Nancy’s step-brother’s obsession and the secret in her past, I enjoyed spending time in Devon at the regency house.
I look forward to reading other books by this author and can certainly recommend this one to others. This is one of the first times I've really been able to connect with characters and understand their feelings about their experiences. The majority of the story took place in Tall Chimneys (which was in England),an older boarding house turned summer home. This was a beautifully written and amazing story surrounding a beautiful regency house and the people who lived in the house. There is a dual timeline in the book, one for Nancy who is hiding away from a family tragedy, the other set in 1941, Nancy's grandmother Elizabeth who took in some evacuees from London to keep them safe from the bombings.Elizabeth Montague runs a boarding house, Tall Chimneys, in Sidmouth, a coastal Devonshire town when she’s reluctantly recruited into Churchill’s Secret Army. She simply wants to live her life away from reporters interested in her mother’s death and to stop contact with her obsessive stepbrother. I will note that historical fiction is not usually my cup of tea, and I would normally pass on a book identifying itself as historical. Family tragedy leads to Nancy seeking refuge in tall chimneys hoping she will find peace and obscurity.