Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 – Book Review – Pennance by Clare Ashton


Pennance by Clare Ashon

Publisher: Self Published: Amazon.com
Mystery/Contemporary Women’s Novel
 

Product Description From Amazon

“Lucy is haunted by the death of her partner, Jake, and lives in paranoid fear and reclusion. She lives in a small, introverted village in Cornwall, and is surrounded by Jake's family and memories of him. She feels intensely guilty about his death and thinks someone is out to get her in retribution. Relief appears to come when a new neighbor, Karen, enters her life, but is that when the real threat begins?”



Review:

4 out of 5 Stars

The main character Lucy is struggling with an incredible amount of grief and guilt over the death of her partner Jake in an automobile accident.  These emotions tend to manifest as crippling anxiety.  Plus for the reader you are never quite sure if she has lost her mind or if she is actually seeing and interacting with Jake’s ghost.

Eventually, we are introduced to the new neighbor “Karen” who is dealing with her own issues but the two women begin to form a friendship that strengthens both women, emotionally.

Initially, when I started reading the story I found the flow a little confusing.  I suspect it was related to my getting hung up on the ghostly portion of the story and trying to figure out what was “real”.  However, I quickly found myself adjusting to the style and relaxing into the actual characters and their development.  There is also a healthy mix of mystery/danger throughout to keep the reader intrigued.

This was a very good book, a bit quirky and I’m hoping to see more from this author, self published or otherwise.



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