Read: 2nd January 2017 – 12th January 2017
Ellen is the women who’s been left, losing her husband and her house.
Leila is the new woman, who has Ellen’s husband and living in her house.
Ellen has crazy, irrational obsessions and determination to get her revenge on her ex-husband and his new woman, she wants Maybanks back, her old family home, the house where her children grew up!
Leila’s keeping secrets from everybody, including those closest to her, about her past and when her brother, David, turns up to shake things up, she does everything she can to keep him away from her ‘perfect’ life now. Even Leila’s son, Alex, is unaware of his ‘uncles’ existence.
When Ellen decides group therapy is not her thing she is recommended to visit a therapist on a one-to-one basis, however one of therapist she is recommended to contact is Leila, soon realising that the practice is being run from Maybanks. Ellen plans to open up to Leila, without her realising she is Tom’s ex-wife, and tell her how she feels about another woman stealing her husband and house, then after a few sessions’ plans to reveal who she really is! But will this put her in danger? Does anybody really know what kind of a person Leila is?
Francis was a member of the group therapy which Ellen used to attend, after she leaves the group, it is clear Francis doesn’t want to lose touch with her. Maybe a new relationship would be good for Ellen! However it’s not long before Ellen discovers that Francis is not the man he claims to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, hating Leila from the start and rooting for Ellen to get her house back and get revenge on Tom and his new woman! However towards the end I actually began to feel pity for Leila and realised that her difficult childhood, lead to her being the way she was in adult life. This book looks at some difficult issues, we see how abuse as a child can influence actions as an adult and disturb the way we view living creatures and morals. It was a unique novel, the story was nothing like I have ever read before. I was gripped all the way through and I’ll definitely be recommending it to my other book lover friends. Can’t wait to read more by Julie Corbin!