When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.
But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane…
That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.
She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?
As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears…
A hauntingly intelligent, addictive psychological thriller from debut author S. E. Lynes.
First things first, massive thanks to Rosalie at Blackbird Digital Books for my copy of Valentina to read and review.
Valentina follows Shona, Mikey and baby Isla as they move to the Aberdeenshire countryside to be closer to Mikey’s work on the offshore oil rigs. Crippled with loneliness while Mikey is away, Shona tries to make friends in the area.
Enigmatic, mysterious and wild, she is a force to be reckoned with. She and Shona become fast friends, and then the story really begins.
I don’t want to go into the plot because I don’t want to give anything away. Sufficed to say, Valentina is a thoroughly unsettling read. It is a slow burner, but once the fuse is lit you cannot look away.
I’ve read so many psychological thrillers lately, and oftentimes they blur into one another as they are so similar. Valentina as different though. It was chilling and menacing in equal measure.
In the interest of honesty, I figured it out very early on. However, this didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book one bit. As the reader, you are compelled to find out alongside the characters exactly what is going on. I was no different. I found myself racing to the end to see how it would all play out.
An excellent debut novel, I would highly recommend it. I gave Valentina 4 stars on goodreads. Its out on July 1st and you can preorder your copy by clicking on the link below:
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